senate

Sittings

16th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 8 February, 2022
10:00 AM
Papers
Eight Papers

There are eight Papers to be laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Three Reports

Three reports were presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One Urgent Question

One urgent question was posed and answered.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Seven Questions on Notice

Seven Questions qualify for oral answer. Question #44 was deferred for two weeks. Six questions were answered.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Appointment of Joint Select Committees

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.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Extensions to Committees

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 [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Speaking time for debate on PPDPP (No. 2) Regulations

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.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Government Business: Motions
Approve Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (No. 2) Regulations

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.

Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]
Sen. Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. the Hon. Avinash Singh [Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Use of Pepper Spray

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 and  proposed regulations regarding the acquisition and licensing of pepper spray. The Leader of Goverment Business responded.

Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Matter On The Adjournment
Foreign used car market

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

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next Sitting, the Senate is expected to consider the Summary Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2021.