House of Representatives


25th Sitting of the House of Representatives

2nd Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Friday 3 July, 2009
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence

The Speaker granted Leave of Absence to the Member for D’Abadie/O’Meara (2-8 July), Point Fortin (today) and Pointe-a-Pierre (3-11 July).

Seven Papers

Seven Papers were laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
The Children Bill 2009 and the Committee of Privileges

Two Reports were presented. Both are in the name of the Minister of Works and Transport and Member for Diego Martin North/East.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Nine Questions

Nine Questions qualify for oral answer. Two Questions (81,92) were answered and the rest deferred for two weeks. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer
14 Questions

14 Questions qualify for written answer. See the Order Paper.

Privilege Motions
Premature Publication - Committee of Privileges

The Minister of Information raised as a matter of privilege the issue of premature publication of evidence, in a daily newspaper, of the deliberations of the Committee of Privileges. The Speaker ruled that a prima facie case had been made out, and referred the matter to the Committee of Privileges for consideration.

Statements By Ministers
Local Government Reform

The Minister of Local Government made a Statement on the Papers and legislation related to Local Government reform which were laid in the House.

Introduction Of Bills
Two Bills

The Local Government Bill, 2009 and the Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2009 were introduced. Both Bills are in the name of the Minister of Local Government. The Leader of the House sought leave to have both Bills debated on Monday July 6, 2009. Leave was granted.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The President's Emoluments (Amendment) Bill, 2009

The Minister of Public Administration moved the Second Reading of the President’s Emoluments (Amendment) Bill, 2009. Eight Members made interventions before the Minister rose to conclude the debate. The Bill was considered in Committee and passed with amendment. The Bill was then read a third time and passed.

Matter On The Adjournment
Cancellation of the Caribbean Games

The Member for Caroni East raised the matter of “the failure of the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs to provide an acceptable explanation and apology to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Governments, Caribbean National Olympic Committees, Commonwealth Games Association and nearly 3000 athletes and officials from 40 countries for the unjustifiable and arbitrary cancellation of the first Caribbean Games schedule for July 12th – 19th and also the failure to provide information on the status of the upcoming Pan American Games.” The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs responded.

The House adjourns to Monday July 6, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

At its next sitting debate is expected to begin on the Local Government Bill, 2009 and the Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2009. The sitting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.