25th Sitting of the Senate
4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses, Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon and Sen. Avinash Singh, who are out of the country and to Sen. Gerald Ramdeen, who is ill. Mr. Harvey Borris, Mr. Wayne Inniss, Mr. Augustus Thomas and Mr. Brian Baig were appointed temporary Senators in their absence.
Temporary Government Senators Harvey Borris, Wayne Inniss, Augustus Thomas and Brian Baig took the oath of allegiance.
Fourteen papers were laid. See the Order Paper.
Two reports were laid. See the Order Paper.
One urgent question was posed.
There were 15 questions on Notice listed on the Order Paper.
Sen. Mark sought leave to move the adjournment of the Senate on a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely the failure of the Government in managing the water shortage throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The President of the Senate was satisfied that this matter qualified as a definite matter of urgent public importance. Debate on this motion will stand over until 6:00 p.m.
The Leader of Government Business moved a motion that the SSC on the Sexual Offences Bill, 2019 be granted an extension of time to May 31, 2019 to complete its work and submit a final report. The motion was approved.
Debate is expected on a Private Motion by Senator Wade Mark asking the House to consider legislation to allow for Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Elections and Boundaries Commission.
Following approval to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance, Sen. Wade Mark moved the motion regarding the water shortage in Trinidad and Tobago. Debate began on the motion.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to state the precise arrangements between the management of Trinidad Petroleum Holding Ltd and various subsidiaries and PDVSA. The Minister of Energy and Energy Industries responded.
Sen. Mark raised another matter regarding clarification on the identity of the purchaser of T&T crude exports and companies from whom T&T receives its imported refined products. The Minister of Energy and Energy Industries responded.
The Sitting concluded at 7:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday May 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.