27th Sitting of the House of Representatives
1st Session - 10th Republican Parliament
One Paper was laid. See the Supplemental Order Paper.
Six Questions qualify for oral answer. All six questions were answered. See the Order Paper.
The Member for Laventille West raised a matter of privilege about statements made by the MP for Tabaquite during his contribution on the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The Member for Diego Martin Central raised a similar matter against the Minister of National Security during his piloting of the same Bill. The Speaker indicated that he would give his ruling on both matters before the adjournment of the sitting.
The Minister of Finance made a Statement on the status of the economy of Trinidad and Tobago, coming out of a report of the IMF and Standard and Poors research.
The Prime Minister made a Statement on the talks between Government and Opposition and upcoming debate on the Constitution (Amendment)(Capital Offences) Bill, 2011.
The Minister of National Security made a personal explanation correcting a previous statement that he made in the House of Representatives while presenting the Firearms (Amendment) Bill, 2010.
The Member for Diego Martin West presented a Motion asking that the Government report to Parliament on how it is handling the files of the Security Intelligence Agency (SIA). The Motion was seconded by the MP for Port-of-Spain South. The Minister of National Security was first to respond to the Motion. Debate was then suspended.
The Member for Diego Martin North/East moved a Motion which asks the House to negative the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Mobile Devices) Regulations, 2010, governing the use of mobile phones while driving. The Minister of Works and Transport responded, and the MP for Diego Martin North/east closed the debate. The Motion was defeated.
The Speaker ruled on the Matters of Privilege raised earlier in the sitting. He ruled that no prima facie case had been made out requiring further action. He further indicated that his ruling on a matter raised by the Leader of the Opposition at a previous sitting has been postponed.
The Member for Diego Martin North/East raised as a matter on the Motion for the adjournment of the House, poor decision making on the part of the Government in the award of the contract for, and execution of, the Point Fortin Highway Project.” The Minister of Works and Transport responded.
The Member for Diego Martin North/East then raised a second matter, “the importance for the government to ensure that persons selected to head critical intelligence agencies of the State are suitably qualified.” The Minister of National Security responded.
At the next sitting, debate is expected to begin on the Data Protection Bill, 2011 and, time permitting, the Miscellaneous Provisions (Ministry of Justice) Bill, 2011.