House of Representatives


27th Sitting of the House of Representatives

1st Session - 10th Republican Parliament

Friday 28 January, 2011
1:30 PM
One Paper

One Paper was laid. See the Supplemental Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six Questions

Six Questions qualify for oral answer. All six questions were answered. See the Order Paper.

Privilege Motions
Statements made by the MP Tabaquite and the Minister of National Security

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.

Statements By Ministers
Conclusions on the econony of Trinidad and Tobago, IMF and S&P Reseach

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.

Statements By Ministers
Constitution (Amendment)(Capital Offences) Bill, 2011

The Prime Minister made a Statement on the talks between Government and Opposition and upcoming debate on the Constitution (Amendment)(Capital Offences) Bill, 2011.

Personal Explanations
Statements made in the House

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.

Private Business: Motions
Handling of SIA Files

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.

Private Business: Motions
Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Regulations

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.

Speaker's Ruling
Matters of Privilege

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.

Matter On The Adjournment
Point Fortin Highway Project

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.

Matter On The Adjournment
Heading of Critical Intelligence Agencies

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.

The House adjourns to Friday February 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

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.