House of Representatives

Sittings

28th Sitting of the House of Representatives

3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 20 June, 2023
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence; Delegation from Zambia

The Speaker granted leave of absence to the Member for Tunapuna (June 24-29, 2023) and the Members for Mayaro and Chaguanas West from today’s Sitting.

The Speaker then indicated the presence in the Chamber of two representatives from the Parliament of Zambia.

Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George [Speaker of the House]
Bills Brought From The Senate
The Arbitration Bill, 2023

The Arbitration Bill, 2023, which was passed in the Senate on June 13, 2023, was read a first time in the name of the Attorney General.

Papers
13 Papers

13 Papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Three Reports

Three Reports were presented. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six Prime Minister's Questions

Six Prime Minister’s Questions qualify for oral answer. See the Order Paper

Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley, MP [Prime Minister]
Mr. Rodney Charles, MP [Opposition Member]
Mr. David Lee, MP [Opposition Member]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two Urgent Questions

Two Urgent Questions were approved for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One Question on Notice

There is one Question on Notice listed for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Anti-Doping In Sports (Amendment) Bill, 2023

The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government moved the second reading of the Anti-Doping in Sports (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which is in the name of the Minister of Sport and Community Development. The Member for Caroni Central made a contribution before the Minister rose to wind up. The House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole to consider the Bill clause by clause. The Bill was then read a third time and passed, with amendments.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi SC, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Mr. Arnold Ram, MP [Opposition Member]
Government Business: Motions
Extension of Economic Sanctions (Implementation of United Nations Resolutions on The Islamic Republic of Iran) Order, 2023

The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government moved a Motion in the name of the Attorney General to extend the Economic Sanctions (Implementation of United Nations Resolutions on The Islamic Republic of Iran) Order, 2023. The Member for Barataria/San Juan was first to enter the debate, followed by the Member for Port-of-Spain South. The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government then rose to wind up. The Motion was then approved.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi SC, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Mr. Saddam Hosein, MP [Opposition Member]
Mr. Keith Scotland SC, MP [Government Member]
Government Business: Motions
Approve the Statement of the President re the Economic Sanctions (Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2653(2022) on the Republic of Haiti) Order, 2023

The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government then moved a Motion asking the House to approve the Statement of the President re the Economic Sanctions (Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2653(2022) on the Republic of Haiti) Order, 2023. The Member for Naparima was first to enter the debate.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi SC, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Mr. Rodney Charles, MP [Opposition Member]
Mr. Keith Scotland SC, MP [Government Member]
Private Business: Bills Second Reading
Private Bills

The Speaker moved the second reading of the Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association (Incorporation) Bill, The Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies Incorporation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Trinidad and Tobago National Council on Alcoholism (Incorporation) (Amendment) Bill, 2023. In each case the Bill was considered in Committee and approved without amendment. The Bills were then read a third time and passed.

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Tributes to former Member Roopnarine Rambachan.

Tributes were paid to Mr. Roopnarine Rambachan, former MP for Siparia, who passed away on April 25, 2023 at the age of 92.

Hon. Symon de Nobriga, MP [Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister – Communications]
Dr. Lackram Bodoe, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George [Speaker of the House]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two matters

The Member for St. Augustine raised as a matter on the motion for the adjournment of the house, “the failure of the Government to deal with escalating crime in the Train Line, Freeman Road, St. Augustine community.” The Minister of National Security responded.

The Member for Barataria/San Juan then raised the need for international observers at the upcoming Local Government Election. The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government responded.

Ms. Khadijah Ameen, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Mr. Saddam Hosein, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi SC, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Adjournment
The House adjourned to Friday June 23, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next sitting, the House will consider Private Business. The Sitting ended at 7:28 p.m.