25th Sitting of the Senate
5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
One paper was laid. See Order Paper.
Three urgent questions were posed.
Three questions qualified for oral answer. Question #78 was deferred for two weeks.
Sen. Anita Haynes sought request for 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 during the COVID-19 crisis. The President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under this Standing Order.
The President clarified misinformation on what constitutes a definite matter of urgent public importance.
The Attorney General moved the second reading of The Miscellaneous Amendments Bill, 2020. Debate began on the Bill. Following the debate, the Bill was 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.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the failure of the Government to provide the country with adequate information on the reasons for its decision to terminate the services of almost sixty (60) contractors, employing approximately 1,800 employees in the National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabilitation Programme. The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries responded.
Sen. Mark raised a second matter on the need for the Government to ensure that students who reside in rural communities are provided with internet connectivity, as well as the required devices to access the Ministry’s website portal, during the period of COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus responded.
The Sitting concluded at 4:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday May 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.