House of Representatives


21st Sitting of the House of Representatives

2nd Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Wednesday 27 May, 2009
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence

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.

Plight of Citizens of the Hindu and Muslim faiths

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

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.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions

Three Questions qualified for Oral Answer. One question (89) was answered and the other two deferred for two weeks. See the Order Paper.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance
Appointment of John Jeremie as Attorney General

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.

Statements By Ministers
Resignation of the Attorney General

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.

Introduction Of Bills
The President's Emoluments (Amendment) Bill, 2009

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

Private Business: Motions
Private Motion: Loss of Confidence in the Minister of Finance

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.

The House adjourned to Wednesday June 3, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

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.