21st Sitting of the House of Representatives
2nd Session - 9th Republican Parliament
The Speaker granted Leave of Absence to the Member for Port-of-Spain South and Tabaquite (today’s sitting). The Speaker also indicated that power fluctuations were affecting the proceedings and that they would soon be rectified.
The Member for Siparia presented a petition on behalf of the Hindu and Muslim Community which sought to grant posthumously the Nations’ Highest award to persons of the Hindu and Muslim faith in light of the Privy Council decision #53 of 2008.
Eight Papers were laid, two in the name of the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, five in the name of the Minister of Finance and one in the name of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Papers.
Three Questions qualified for Oral Answer. One question (89) was answered and the other two deferred for two weeks. See the Order Paper.
The Member for Siparia sought leave of the House to raise as a Definite Matter, the Appointment of Mr. John Jeremie as Attorney General. The Speaker ruled that the matter did not qualify under Standing Order 12.
The Prime Minister made a brief statement on the resignation of the Attorney General, Sen. the Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP and the upcoming appointment of Mr. John Jeremie.
One Bill, the President’s Emoluments (Amendment) Bill, 2009, was introduced. The Bill was in the name of the Minister of Works and Transport and Leader of the House
The House continued debate on a Private Motion by the Member for Siparia which asks the House to express its loss of confidence in the Minister of Finance. The Member for Fyzabad was first to contribute, followed by the Minister of Information. Debate was then suspended.
At its next sitting the House will complete debate on the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill, 2009 and the Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago Bill, 2009. Before adjourning, the Member for Siparia, Leader of the House, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House extended Indian Arrival Day greetings to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The sitting adjourned at 3:57 p.m.