17th Sitting of the Senate
3rd Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo and Sen. H.R. Ian Roach who are out of the country. Ms. Ayanna Lewis and Mr. Elton Prescott, SC were temporarily appointed to replace these Senators in their absence.
Temporary Senators Ms. Ayanna Lewis and Mr. Elton Prescott, SC, took the oath of allegiance.
Three papers were laid in the name of the Minister of Finance. See Order Paper for details.
Three Reports were presented.
Four urgent questions were posed.
Seven questions qualified for oral answer. Questions #70 and #71 were deferred.
The Leader of Government Business moved three motions to allow an extension of 3 months to the Joint Select Committees on the Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2016, the Cybercrime Bill, 2017 and the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in order for the Committees to complete their work and submit a final report to Parliament by June 29, 2018. These motions were carried.
Debate continued on The Anti-Gang Bill, 2018. Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, began the wind up of the debate but did not conclude his contribution as the Senate was adjourned.
Sen. Taharqa Obika raised a matter on the adjournment namely the closure of National Energy Skills Campuses in Point Fortin, Moruga and Palo Seco and the negative impact this will have on skills development needed for industrialization and development in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Education responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the issue of domestic violence in our country particularly against our women and girls. The Attorney General responded.