17th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Wednesday 4 April, 2018
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

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.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators Ms. Ayanna Lewis and Mr. Elton Prescott, SC, took the oath of allegiance.

Three Papers

Three papers were laid in the name of the Minister of Finance. See Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Three Reports

Three Reports were presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Four urgent questions

Four urgent questions were posed.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Seven Questions on Notice

Seven questions qualified for oral answer. Questions #70 and #71 were deferred.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Extension of Joint Select Committees

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.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Anti-Gang Bill, 2018

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.

Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

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.

The Senate adjourned to Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

The Sitting concluded at 5:55 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

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