17th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 10th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 16 November, 2010
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

The President granted leave of absence to Sen. Prof. Patrick Watson, Sen. Dr. Lester Henry and Sen. Prof. Harold Ramkissoon. Mr. Shane Mohammed, Mr. Daniel Dookie and Mrs. Parvatee Anmolsingh-Mahabir were appointed to temporarily replace Senators Watson, Henry and Ramkission respectively.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Children's Life Fund Bill, 2010

The Children’s Life Fund Bill, 2010, which was passed in the House of Representatives on November 12, 2010, was read a first time in the Senate. The Bill is in the name of the Minister of Health.

Five Papers

Five papers were laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Introduction Of Bills
Two Bills

Two Bills were introduced, the Securities (No.2) Bill, 2010 and the Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons (No. 2) Bill, 2010.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Petrotrin Pensions Bill, 2010

Debate resumed (from November 9, 2010) on the Petrotrin Pensions (No.2) Bill, 2010. Sen. Fitzgerald Hinds and Sen. Daniel Dookie made contributions before the Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs rose to conclude. The Bill was considered in Committee and passed without amendment. It was then read a third time and passed. At third reading a division was taken, the result of which was 29 for, none against, no abstentions.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Firearms (Amendment) Bill, 2010

The Minister of National Security moved the second reading of the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, 2010. Sen. Faris Al-Rawi was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Elton Prescott, SC, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, Sen. Terrence Deyalsingh, Sen. Helen Drayton, Sen. Danny Maharaj and Sen. Shamfa Cudjoe. Debate on the Bill was suspended.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday November 23, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

At the next sitting, the Senate is expected to debate the Interception of Communications Bill, 2010, once passed in the House of Representatives. Before adjourning, greetings were extended to members of the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.