senate

Sittings

16th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 25 April, 2023
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Anil Roberts, who is ill. Mr. Dominic Smith was appointed temporary Senator in his absence.

Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senator

Temporary Senator Dominic Smith took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Dominic Smith [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Standing Orders and Greetings

The President of the Senate raised a matter regarding the observance of standing orders 42, 51, 52 and 53 of the Senate and also gave guidance regarding greetings given on special occasions.

Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Papers
Eleven Papers

Eleven papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Three Report

Three reports were presented. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One urgent question

One urgent question was posed and answered. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Seven Questions on Notice

Seven questions qualified for oral answer. Question #91 was deferred for two weeks.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Extension to Joint Select Committee

The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne, moved a motion that an extension be granted to the Committee appointed to consider and report on the Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020 to allow the Committee to complete its work and submit a final report by August 31, 2023. The motion was approved.

Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Introduction Of Bills
The Miscellaneous Provisions (Trial by Judge Alone) Bill, 2023

The Miscellaneous Provisions (Trial by Judge Alone) Bill, 2023 was introduced in the name of the Attorney General, Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour.

Private Business: Motions
Legislative Framework on Parliamentary Autonomy

Debate resumed on a private motion calling on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to introduce a legislative framework on Parliamentary Autonomy and to introduce in Parliament, within three (3) months, a Bill on Parliamentary Autonomy and have same referred to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament for consideration and report. Seven members contributed to the debate before the Senate was adjourned.

Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Dominic Smith [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Sale of CLICO shares

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the sale of 36.63% of the CLICO shares in a plant in Oman called the Methanol Holding International Limited. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Hon. Brian Manning, MP, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday May 2, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 6:15 p.m.