House of Representatives


1st Sitting of the House of Representatives

1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Friday 28 August, 2020
10:30 AM
A Proclamation
The Clerk of the House read the Proclamation

The Clerk of the House read the Proclamation declaring the first Session of the 12th Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago open. The National Anthem was then played.

Election of Speaker
Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP

Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP, was elected Speaker of the House.

Election of Deputy Speaker
Mr. Esmond Forde, MP

Mr. Esmond Forde, MP for Tunapuna, was elected Deputy Speaker of the House.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Members of Parliament

All other Members of Parliament took the oath of allegiance.

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Suspension of Sitting

The Speaker announced that the Her Excellency the President wished to address members of both Houses of Parliament and suspended the sitting.

Address by the President
H.E. Paula-Mae Weekes

Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes addressed members of both Houses.

One Paper

One paper was laid. See Order Paper for details.

Introduction Of Bills
The Public Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The Public Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was introduced in the name of the Attorney General. The Attorney General moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was approved.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Suspension of Standing Order 45 (1)

The Leader of the House moved that Standing Order 45 (1) be suspended during the period of the current global pandemic and that a speaking time of 30 minutes be allotted to the mover and first responder of Bills and motions and 20 minutes be allotted to all other speakers, with no extensions. The motion was approved.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Public Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, moved the second reading of The Public Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Debate began on the Bill. Following the debate, the Bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. Amendments were made. The Bill was read a third time and passed.

The House adjourned to a date to be fixed

The House brought congratulations and best wishes on the beginning of a new Parliament, followed by greetings to the nation on the celebration of Independence Day. The Sitting concluded at 5:05 p.m. The House adjourned to a date to be fixed.