House of Representatives


21st Sitting of the House of Representatives

3rd Session - 10th Republican Parliament

Friday 8 March, 2013
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence

The Speaker granted leave of absence to the Member for Chaguanas East (today’s sitting), the Member for Tunapuna (March 2-9), the Member for San Fernando East (42 days beginning March 6) and, later in the proceedings, the Prime Minister (today’s sitting).

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Tributes to Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela

Tributes were paid to the former President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who passed away earlier in the week, by the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition and the Speaker of the House. The House then stood in silence for one minute in memory of Mr. Chavez.

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
International Women's Day 2013

The Speaker of the House, the Member for Couva North and the Leader of the Opposition made brief statements on the commemoration of International Women’s Day 2013.

Four Papers

Four 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
Three Questions

Three questions qualify for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Defence (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Attorney General moved the second reading of the Defence (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The Leader of the Opposition was first to enter the debate, followed by the Minister of National Security, the Member for Diego Martin North/East and the Minister of Legal Affairs. Eight members made contributions before debate was suspended.

The House adjourned to Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next sitting, debate is expected to continue on the Defence (Amendment) Bill, 2013.