17th Sitting of the Senate

4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 12 March, 2019
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

The Vice President advised that the President of the Senate is currently acting as President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses, Sen. Foster Cummings and Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy, who are out of the country. Mr. Ndale Young, Mr. Augustus Thomas, Mr. Wayne Inniss and Ms. Shervon Ifill were appointed temporary Senators in their absence.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators Ndale Young, Augustus Thomas, Wayne Inniss and Shervon Ifill took the oath of allegiance.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
One Bill

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was brought from the House of Representatives.

21 Papers

21 papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
One Report

One Report was presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Thirteen Questions on Notice

Thirteen questions qualified for oral answer. Question #78 was deferred for two weeks.

Introduction Of Bills
One Bill

One Bill was introduced. See Order Paper for details.

Private Business: Motions
Initiate and implement a strategy to assist children with disabilities and learning needs

Independent Senator Paul Richards moved a private motion calling on the Ministry of Education to immediately initiate and implement a comprehensive strategy to assist all children with disabilities, additional learning needs and/or challenging behaviours. Debate began on the motion.

Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter regarding the failure of the Government to appoint members to the Registration, Recognition and Certification Board. The Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development responded.
Sen. Mark raised another matter regarding the management, board and chairman of VMCOTT. The Minister of Works and Transport responded.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 6:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.