22nd Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Wednesday 20 April, 2022
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

The Vice-President granted leave of absence to Senator Dr. Amery Browne, Senator Reginald Armour, SC and Senator Anthony Vieira. Sen. Ndale Young was appointed to replace the President of the Senate, who was Acting as President of the Republic. Mr. Augustus Thomas, Mr. Harvey Borris and Mr. John Heath were appointed to temporarily replace Senators Browne, Armour and Vieira respectively.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2022

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was read a first time in the name of the Attorney General. The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings.

Seventeen Papers

Seventeen Papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
One Report

One Report was presented, the Fifth Report of the Joint Select Committee on Local Authorities, Service Commissions and Statutory Authorities (including the THA) on an inquiry into the efficiency and effectiveness of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions

Three Urgent Questions were approved. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six Questions on Notice

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

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2022

The Acting Attorney General moved the second reading of the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Two matters were raised on the Motion for the adjournment of the Senate. Senator Charrise Seepersad raised the first matter on the need for the Government to provide a status report on legislation to guard against transfer pricing. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance responded. Senator Wade Mark raise the second matter regarding the failure of the Government to fully constitute boards of T&TEC, TGU, PowerGen and TSTT. The Minister of Public Utilities responded.

Sen. Charrise Seepersad [Independent Senator]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP [Minister of Public Utilities]
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday April 26, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next Sitting, Private Business will take precedence.