24th Sitting of the House of Representatives
3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Rushton Paray, MP for Mayaro, from today’s Sitting of the House.
26 papers were laid. See the Order Paper.
One Report was presented. See the Order Paper.
11 Questions were approved for oral answer by the Prime Minister. All questions were answered. See the Order Paper for details.
Two Urgent Questions were posed and answered. See the Order Paper.
Three Questions on Notice qualify for oral answer. See the Order Paper.
The Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley, MP, made a statement regarding Local Government Reform.
The Attorney General made a personal explanation with respect to answers he gave during the Standing Finance Committee, which were later challenged by the Member for Barataria/San Juan.
Debate resumed (from April 21, 2023) on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Establishment of the Borough of Diego Martin and Borough of Siparia) Bill, 2021. Three members added to the debate today before the wind up by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP. The Bill was then committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. No amendments were made. The Bill was read a third time and passed.
One Bill, the Valuation of Land (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was introduced in the name of the Minister of Finance. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved that the next stage of the bill be taken forthwith. The motion was approved.
The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved the second reading of The Valuation of Land (Amendment) Bill, 2023. Four members contributed to the debate before the wind up by the Minister of Finance. The bill was committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. No amendments were made. With 18 votes for, 14 votes against and no abstentions, the bill was read a third time and passed.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr. Esmond Forde, MP, was satisfied with the explanation and apology provided by the Attorney General, regarding the privilege matter raised at the last Sitting by Mr. Saddam Hosein, MP. He ruled that the matter referred to the chair of the House does not constitute a prima facie breach of privilege warranting going before the Committee of Privileges.
The Sitting concluded at 9:23 p.m.