20th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 10th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 30 April, 2013
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

The President granted leave of absence to Sen. the Hon. Ganga Singh (out of the country) and Sen. Dr. Lester Bernard (illness). Rev. Barbara Burke and Mr. Hugh Ian Russell Roach were appointed to temporarily replace Senators Singh and Bernard.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Parliamentary Strengthening

The President made an announcement about the ongoing exercise in Parliamentary strengthening being conducted in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Two Papers

Two Papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
One Report

One report was presented. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two Questions

Two Questions qualified for oral answer. One question was answered and the other deferred. See the Order Paper.

Private Business: Motions
Commitment to Democracy

Debate resumed on a Private Motion by Sen. Fitzgerald Hinds which asks the Government to re-affirm its commitment to the principles and the practice of democracy in Trinidad and Tobago. Sen. Prof. Harold Ramkissoon was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Prof. James Armstrong, the Minister of Food Production and Sen. Dr. Lester Henry. The debate was then suspended.

The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The sitting ended at 4:31 p.m.