27th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Wednesday 25 May, 2022
1:30 PM
Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2020

The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken on Tuesday May 31, 2022. The Senate agreed.

Three Papers

Three Papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

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 qualified for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Four Questions on Notice

Four Questions on Notice qualify for oral answer. One question was deferred. See the Order Paper.

Private Business: Motions
Caribbean Court of Justice as Trinidad and Tobago's final Court of Appeal

Senator Anthony Vieira moved a Private Motion asking the Government to recognise the Caribbean Court of Justice as Trinidad and Tobago’s final Court of Appeal. Debate then began with The Attorney General, followed by Senator Wade Mark. Five Members made contributions before debate was suspended.

Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing [Government Senator]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Senator Amrita Deonarine raised the first matter, the need for the Government to conduct a comprehensive review of the crisis management and emergency response protocols of all State-owned Enterprises and Statutory Authorities, in light of the deficiencies underscored by the major emergency incidents at T&TEC and the Paria Fuel Trading Company Ltd. The Minister of National Security responded.

Senator Wade Mark raised the second matter, the failure of Cable and Wireless Company (CWC) to comply with the condition imposed by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) to divest/sell its 49 per cent shareholding in TSTT.

Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP [Minister of Public Utilities]
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday May 31, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next sitting, debate is expected to begin on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2020. Before adjourning, the Senate extended greetings to the East Indian community in Trinidad and Tobago on the occasion of Indian Arrival Day, which is celebrated on May 30th each year. The Sitting ended at 6:22 p.m.

Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo [President of the Senate]