31st Sitting of the Senate
1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Anil Roberts, who is ill. Ms. Renuka Rambhajan was appointed temporary Senator in his place.
Ms. Renuka Rambhajan took the oath of allegiance.
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.
Seven papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.
Ten reports were presented.
Five questions qualify for oral answer. Questions #110 and #119 were deferred.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sitting concluded at 6:30 p.m.