15th Sitting of the Senate

4th Session - 10th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 18 February, 2014
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence, Appointment of Temporary Senators

Sen. Helen Drayton is out of the country and was granted leave of absence by the President of the Senate.

The Vice President of the Senate then read a letter from the President of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago appointing Dr. Kriyaan Singh as a temporary Senator.

They then took the Oath of Allegiance as temporary Senators for today’s siting.

6 Papers

6 Papers were laid in the Senate. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two Questions

Two Questions qualify for Oral Answer. See the Order Paper.

Statements By Ministers
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
5 Reports

5 Reports were laid in the Senate. See the Order Paper.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Libel and Defamation (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Attorney General moved the second reading of the Libel and Defamation (Amendment) Bill, 2013. Sen. Faris Al-Rawi was the first to join the debate followed by Sen. Anthony Vieira. Sen. the Hon. Devant Maharaj was next to contribute to the Bill followed by Sen. Camille Robinson-Regis, Sen. Dr. Rolph Balgobin, Sen. the Hon. Gerald Hadeed, Sen. Diane Baldeo-Chadeesingh, Sen. Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir, Sen. the Hon. Raziah Ahmed, Senator Avinash Singh and Senator Shamfa Cudjoe. The Attorney General then rose to wind up the debate. The Bill was then committed to a committee of the Senate to be considered clause by clause.

Adjourned to Tuesday 25th February at 1:30 p.m.

The Senate has adjourned to to Tuesday 25th at 1:30 p.m where the Private Members Motion will be considered.

Matter On The Adjournment
Best Wishes to the Assistant Marshal on her retirement

The Senators along with the President of the Senate sent best wishes the Assistant Marshal on her retirement.