senate

Sittings

31st Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Monday 5 July, 2021
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Anil Roberts, who is ill. Ms. Renuka Rambhajan was appointed temporary Senator in his place.

Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senator

Ms. Renuka Rambhajan took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Renuka Rambhajan [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Finance Bill, 2021

The Finance Bill, 2021 was brought from the House of Representatives. The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the bill be taken on Tuesday July 6, 2021. The motion was approved.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Papers
Seven Papers

Seven papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Ten Reports

Ten reports were presented.

Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell, MP [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Five Questions on Notice

Five questions qualify for oral answer. Questions #110 and #119 were deferred.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan [Minister of Works and Transport]
Introduction Of Bills
The Quarantine (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Quarantine (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in the name of the Attorney General, who moved that the next stage of the bill be taken on Wednesday July 7, 2021. The motion was approved.

Private Business: Motions
Annulment of the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Process) Order, 2021

Opposition Senator Wade Mark moved a motion to annul the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Process) Order, 2021. Debate began on the motion. With 6 votes for, 23 votes against and no abstentions, the motion was not carried.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Renuka Rambhajan [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, moved the second reading of The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Debate began on the bill. Following contributions by four Senators and the wind up by the Attorney General, the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. No amendments were made. The bill was read a third time and passed.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Miscellaneous Provisions (Special Reserve Police and Police Complaints Authority) Bill, 2020

The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, also moved the second reading of The Miscellaneous Provisions (Special Reserve Police and Police Complaints Authority) Bill, 2020. Debate on the bill is expected at the next Sitting.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to clarify or properly account for two billion dollars that the Government has received via loans and donations from international institutions and organizations for assisting in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, responded.
Sen. Maria Dillon-Remy raised a matter regarding the need for the Government to outline interim measures being implemented for financial oversight in Tobago in light of the fact that the Assembly Legislature has not been properly constituted since January 2021. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday July 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The Sitting concluded at 6:30 p.m.