19th Sitting of the Senate

5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 10 March, 2020
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

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.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senator Zola Phillips and Harvey Borris took the oath of allegiance.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
Four Bills

Four bills were brought from the House of Representatives.

Three Papers

Three papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Two Reports

Two reports were presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Four urgent questions

Four urgent questions were posed and answered.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Ten Questions on Notice

Ten questions qualified for oral answer.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance
One Matter

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.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority Bill, 2019

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.

Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

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 Senate adjourned to Thursday March 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 9:58 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Thursday March 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.