16th Sitting of the Senate
2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament
There are eight Papers to be laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper.
Three reports were presented.
One urgent question was posed and answered.
Seven Questions qualify for oral answer. Question #44 was deferred for two weeks. Six questions were answered.
The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat, moved a motion that the Senate concur with the House in the establishment of a JSC on the Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020. The motion was approved. Six senators were appointed to the JSC.
The Leader of Government Business moved motions that extensions be granted to the JSCs on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 and the Shipping Bill, 2020 in order for the Committees to complete their work and submit a final report by June 30, 2022. He moved a third motion for an extension to be granted to the SSC on the Sexual Offences (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill, 2022 in order to complete its work and report to the Senate by March 31, 2022. All motions were approved.
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat moved a motion that the speaking time for debate on the PPDPP (No. 2) Regulations be adjusted as follows: 90 minutes for the mover and first responder on each bench, with a 15 minute extension as needed, 60 minutes for the second speaker on each bench, 40 minutes for the third speaker on each bench and 30 minutes for all other speakers, including the mover in reply. The motion was approved.
The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved several motions to approve Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (No. 2) Regulations. 15 Senators made contributions before the Minister of Finance rose to conclude. The Motions were individually approved.
Senator Paul Richards moved as a matter on the Motion for the Adjournment of the Senate, the need for the government to explain the reasons for the delay in the implementation of the Firearms (Amendment) Act, 2021 andÂ proposed regulations regarding the acquisition and licensing of pepper spray. The Leader of Goverment Business responded.
Senator Mark raised as a Matter on the Motion for the Adjournment of the Senate, the negative impacts being suffered by the foreign used car market sector and the resulting economic impact on this sector. The Minister of Trade and Industry responded
At the next Sitting, the Senate is expected to consider the Summary Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2021.