House of Representatives

Sittings

27th Sitting of the House of Representatives

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Friday 29 April, 2022
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence

The Speaker granted leave of absence to the Member for Port-of-Spain North/St. Ann’s West, the Member for Chaguanas East and the Member for Oropouche East from today’s Sitting.

Papers
Five Papers

Five papers were laid. See Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
One Report

One Report was presented. See the Supplemental Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two Urgent Questions

Two Urgent Questions approved for oral answer were answered. The Questions have been appended to the Order Paper.

Statements By Ministers
Violence and Abuse of Children in Children's Home

The Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister made a statement on the issue of violence and abuse of children in children’s homes.

Hon. Ayanna Webster-Roy, MP [Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Statements By Ministers
Report on Power Outage in Trinidad

The Minister of Public Utilities made a statement on the Report on the island-wide power outage in Trinidad, which was laid in the House earlier in the Sitting.

Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP [Minister of Public Utilities]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Extension of Time - JSC Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The Leader of the House moved that the Joint Select Committee on the Representation of the People be allowed an extension to September 2, 2022 to complete its work and submit its final report. The House agreed.

Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Minister of Housing and Urban Development]
Committee Business: Motions
Adopt the Report of the Joint Select Committee – The Cannabis Control Bill, 2020

Debate resumed on a motion to adopt the Report of the JSC on the Cannabis Control Bill, 2020. The Member for Fyzabad was first to enter the debate, followed by the Minister of Sport and Community Development, The Member for Pointe-a-Pierre and the Member for Moruga/Tableland. The Acting Attorney General then rose to wind up the debate. The Report was then adopted.

The Bill was then read a second time, considered in Committee of the Whole and approved with amendments. The Bill was then read a third time and passed.

Dr. Lackram Bodoe, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, MP [Minister of Sport and Community Development]
Mr. David Lee, MP [Opposition Member]
Ms. Michelle Benjamin, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Adjournment
The House adjourned to Friday May 6, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next Sitting, debate is expected on the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill. Before adjourning, Members extended greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Mr. Saddam Hosein, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George [Speaker of the House]