2nd Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 15 January, 2008
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence, THA Greetings

Leave of Absence is granted to Senator Linus Rogers from 11 January 2008 to 1 February 2008.
Tobago House of Assembly sent Christmas greetings to the Senate

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Oath of Allegience Administered to Senator Cindy Devika Sharma

The Oath of Allegiance is administered to Senator Cindy Devika Sharma, who could not be present to take the oath of office at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament on December 17, 2007.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Oath of Allegiance Administered to Temporary Senator Foster Cummings

The Oath of Office is administered to Senator Foster Cummings, who replaces Senator Linus Rogers during his absence from Trinidad and Tobago.

38 Papers Laid

38 Papers were laid in the name of the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, the Minister of National Security, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, the Minister of Public Administration, the Minister of Information, and the Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
5 Questions Qualify for oral answer

Question 2, 3, 4 and 18 deferred for 1 week.
Question 17 answered.
See Order Paper and Hansard for details.

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer
One question qualifies for written answer.

Question 1

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
3 Bills withdrawn

Three Bills introduced on December 17, 2007 were withdrawn:
The Copyright (Amendment)(No.2), 2007
The Legal Profession (Amendment)(No.2) Bill, 2007
The Caribbean Court of Justice (Headquarters)(No.2) Bill, 2007

Introduction Of Bills
3 Bills Introduced

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2008, The Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill, 2008 and the Caribbean Court of Justice (Headquarters) Bill, 2008.

The Minister of Legal Affairs moved that the next stage of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2008 be taken later in the proceedings. Leave was granted.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2008

The Minister of Legal Affairs moved the Second Reading of the Bill. Sen. Cindy Devika Sharma, Sen. Mohamed Faisal Rahman and Sen. the Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George made their maiden contributions in the Senate.

Matter On The Adjournment
Flooding in downtown Port-of-Spain
Senate adjourned to Tuesday January 22, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

Debate is expected to begin on a Finance Bill, followed by the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2008