23rd Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 26 April, 2022
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence and Appointment of Temporary Senators

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus and Sen. Evans Welch who are out of the country and to Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox, who is ill. Mr. Ndale Young, Mr. Michael Seales and Mr. John Heath were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Seven Papers

Seven 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
Two Urgent Questions

Two Urgent Questions qualified for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six Questions on Notice

Six Questions on Notice qualify for oral answer. All questions were answered. See the Order Paper.

Introduction Of Bills
Two Bills

The Soroptimist Club of Port-of-Spain (Incorporation)(Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the Trinidad and Tobago Association for Retarded Children (Incorporation)(Amendment) Bill, 2022 were introduced by the President of the Senate.

Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo [President of the Senate]
Private Business: Motions
A policy framework to navigate the foreign exchange market

Debate resumed on a private motion moved by Sen. Amrita Deonarine 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. Ten senators contributed to the motion before the wind up by Sen. Amrita Deonarine. The question was put on the acceptance of two amendments to the motion, one proposed by Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell and the other by Sen. Deonarine. Both motions were not carried. The question was then put on the original motion. 15 members voted for and 15 members voted against, with no abstentions. The President of the Senate made the casting vote. The motion was not approved.

Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
Sen. Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Paul Richards raised a matter regarding the need for the Ministry of Education to take immediate steps to stop teachers employed by the Ministry from providing private extra lessons in contravention of the Ministry’s policy. The Minister of Education, Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP, responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter regarding the price hike on the population through increases in super gasoline, diesel and premium. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Hon. Brian Manning, MP, responded.

Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Hon. Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP [Minister of Education]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The House brought greetings to the Muslim community on the upcoming celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. The Sitting concluded at 7:35 p.m.

Sen. the Hon. Kazim Hosein [Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]