22nd Sitting of the Senate
5th Session - 10th Republican Parliament
The President of the Senate granted leave of absence to Sen. the Hon. Garvin Nicholas, Sen. the Hon. Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie and Sen. James Lambert. Rev. Barbara Burke, Mr. Christopher Joefield and Ms. Keith Smith were appointed to temporarily replace Senators Nicholas, Tewarie and Lambert respectively.
The President of the Senate announced the presence of students from Trinity East and Tunapuna Secondary in the Chamber. She also indicated a change in membership of the Committee on Energy Affairs, with Mrs. Paula Gopee-Scoon replacing Dr. Keith Rowley.
The Bail (Amendment) Bill was brought from the House of Representatives and read a first time in the Senate. The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken at a sitting of the Senate on Tuesday 31st March, 2015. Leave was granted.
14 Papers were laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper.
One Report was presented, the Eleventh Report of the Joint Select Committee on Ministries (Group 1), and on the Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises falling under their purview on the Administration and Operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited (TTMF).
Four Questions qualify for oral answer. See the Order Paper.
The Minister of National Security made a statement updating the public on a police exercise conducted on the morning of March 23, 2015.
Debate resumed on a Private Motion by Sen. Dr. Victor Wheeler which calls on the Government to take immediate steps to conduct a comprehensive review of the Regional Health Authority system in the delivery of health care in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of the Environment and Water Resources was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. H.R. Ian Roach, Sen. Elton Prescott, SC and Sen. Avinash Singh. Debate on the Motion was then suspended.
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Before adjourning Sen. Barbara Gray-Burke, Sen. Shamfa Cudjoe, Sen. Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir and the President of the Senate paid tribute to the Shouter Baptist Community on the occasion of Spiritual Baptist Shouter Liberation Day, which is commemorated on March 30th each year. The sitting ended at 5:15 p.m.