19th Sitting of the Senate
5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Foster Cummings and Sen. Sophia Chote, S.C. Mr. Harvey Borris and Ms. Zola Phillips were appointed temporary Senators in their place.
Temporary Senator Zola Phillips and Harvey Borris took the oath of allegiance.
Four bills were brought from the House of Representatives.
Three papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.
Two reports were presented.
Four urgent questions were posed and answered.
Ten questions qualified for oral answer.
Sen. Saddam Hosein sought leave of the Senate to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance namely the short and medium term plan which the Government has put in place to cushion the effects of the plummeting oil and gas prices internationally. The President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under this Standing Order.
The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP moved the second reading of The Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority Bill, 2019. Debate began on the Bill.
Sen. Taharqa Obika raised a matter on the adjournment namely the failure of the Government to explain its decision to discontinue financial support to private preschools and the adverse effects said decision has on early childhood education. The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter regarding the concerns of workers of Lake Asphalt (1978) Trinidad and Tobago Limited for their job security. The Minister of Energy and Energy Industries responded.
The Sitting concluded at 9:58 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Thursday March 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.