2nd Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 20 January, 2009
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence - Appointment of Sessional Select Committees - Condolences

The President granted leave of absence to Sen. Annette Nicholson-Alfred and Sen. Helen Drayton. Dr. Rolph Balgobin and Mrs. Parvatee Anmolsingh-Mahabir were appointed to temporarily replace Senators Nicholson-Alfred and Drayton respectively. The President then announced the names of members who would serve on Sessional Select Committees of the Senate. He further announced that condolences to former Members of Parliament would be taken later in the proceedings.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Finance Bill, 2009

The Finance Bill, 2009, which was passed in the House on Friday January 16, 2009 was brought from the House and read a first time in the Senate. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. Leave was granted.

Two Papers

Two Papers were laid, one by the Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the other by the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries on behalf of the Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education. See the Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer
Three Questions

Three Questions qualify for written answer. See the Order Paper for details.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill, 2009

The Minister in the Ministry of Finance moved the Second Reading of the Finance Bill, 2009. Sen. Mark was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Prof. Ramesh Deosaran. A total of 11 Senators made contributions before the Minister concluded the debate. The Bill was read a third time and passed.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Tributes - Irwin Merritt and Dr. David Quamina

Before adjourning the Senate, The President announced the passing of two former Members of the Senate, Mr. Irwin Merritt and Dr. David Quamina. Tributes were paid to both Senators by Sen. the Hon. Conrad Enill, Sen. Wade Mark, Sen. Prof. Ramesh Deosaran and Sen. the Hon. Danny Montano. The Senate then stood for a moment of silence.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

At its next sitting the Senate will debate the Finance (Supplementary Appropriation)(2008) Bill, 2009. The Senate adjourned at 9:24 p.m.