14th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 5 May, 2009
1:30 PM
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday May 12, 2009 at 10 a.m.

At the next sitting of the Senate, debate is expected to begin on the Integrity in Public Life (Amendment) Bill, 2009.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence and appointment of Temporary Senators

The Vice-President announced that the President of the Senate was acting as President of the Republic, and that Sen. Michael Annisette was out of the country. Mr. Noel Gayle and Ms. Althea Rocke were appointed to temporarily replace the President of the Senate and Sen. Michael Annisette respectively.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Integrity in Public Life (Amendment) Bill, 2009

The Bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives on May 4, 2009, was read a first time in the Senate. The Bill is in the name of the Attorney General. The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken at a sitting of the Senate on Tuesday May 12, 2009. Leave was granted following a division of 20 for and 8 against.

Three Papers

Three Papers were laid, two in the name of the Minister of Trade and Industry and the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, and one in the name of the Minister of Social Development. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Seven Questions

Seven Questions qualify for oral answer. One Question was answered. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer
24 Questions

24 Questions qualify for written answer. See the Order Paper.

Introduction Of Bills
Two Bills

Two Bills were introduced, the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Bill, 2009 and the Family Court Bill, 2009. Both Bills are in the name of the Attorney General.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2009

The Minister of Public Utilities moved the second reading of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2009. Sen. Wade Mark was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Basharat Ali. Some seven Senators made interventions before debate was suspended.

Matter On The Adjournment
Overloading of the Primary School Curriculum

Before adjourning, there were two matters raised on the Motion for the Adjournment of the Senate. First, Sen. Dr. Adesh Nanan raised the matter of the failure of the Minister of education to take steps to avoid the overloading of the Primary School Curriculum. The Minister of Education responded.

Matter On The Adjournment
Heritage and Stabilization Fund

Sen. Mark then raised the issue of the current status of the Heritage and Stabilization Fund. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance responded.