21st Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 22 March, 2022
1:30 PM
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Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Revocation of Appointment, Appointment of New Senators

The President of the Senate announced that the Office of Vice-President of the Senate was vacant and invited nominations. The Leader of Government Business nominated Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunis Ibrahim. There being no other nominations, Dr. Ibrahim was duly elected Vice-President of the Senate.

The President then announced the revocation of the appointments of Senators Clarence Rambharat and Senator Yokymma Bethelmy. The President is also announced the appointment of Mr. Reginald Armour, SC and Mr. Laurence Hislop to the Senate, both of whom then took the appropriate oath.

Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen Laurence Hislop [Government Senator]
Four Papers

Four Papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Four Urgent Questions

Four Urgent questions have been approved. All four were answered. The questions are appended to the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Eight Questions on Notice

Eight questions qualified for oral answer. All questions were answered. See the Order Paper.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Membership of Committee

The Leader of Government Business moved a motion asking that Senator Reginald Armour, SC be appointed to the Special Select Committee of the Senate on the Sexual Offences (Amendment)(No.3) Bill in the capacity of Chairman. The Senate agreed.

Private Business: Motions
A policy framework to navigate the foreign exchange market

Sen. Amrita Deonarine moved a private motion calling on the Government to table in Parliament, within six (6) months, a comprehensive policy framework that will guide key stakeholders, including MSMEs, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and Commercial Banks on how the Government intends to navigate the tightness in the foreign exchange market to overcome downside risks in the medium and long-term. Five contributions were made before debate was suspended.

Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Charrise Seepersad [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Retrenchment of TSTT Workers

Senator Mark raised two matters on the Motion for the Adjournment of the Senate. The first related to the failure of the management and board of directors of TSTT to collect billions of dollars in outstanding receivables whilst threatening to relieve hundreds of workers, and the second related to the need for the Government to explain the decision of the Management and Board of Directors of TSTT to write off some $2.4b for the last six (6) years. The Minister of Public Utilities responded in both instances.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP [Minister of Public Utilities]
The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixeed

The Sitting ended at 6:15 p.m.