House of Representatives

Sittings

32nd Sitting of the House of Representatives

1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Friday 2 July, 2021
9:30 AM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Mr. David Lee, MP for Pointe-a-Pierre, from today’s Sitting of the House.

Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George [Speaker of the House]
Papers
Eighteen Papers

Eighteen papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Minister of Housing and Urban Development]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Four Reports

Four reports were presented.

Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Minister of Housing and Urban Development]
Hon. Marvin Gonzales, MP [Minister of Public Utilities]
Mr. Esmond Forde, MP [Government Member]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed.

Mr. Rudranath Indarsingh, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One Question on Notice

One question qualified for oral answer. This question was deferred for one week.

Statements By Ministers
Amendments to the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self-Government) Bill, 2020

The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, made a statement regarding statements made by the Leader of the Opposition to the nation at a press conference indicating that a list of amendments to the Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self-Government) Bill, 2020 was presented to the Committee of the Whole. The Attorney General denied that this was so.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Statements By Ministers
Expenditure by the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Legal Affairs

The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, made a statement on the expenditure by the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Legal Affairs for the period September 2015 to June 2021.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Bills carried over to the next Session

The Leader of the House moved that the proceedings of the Cannabis Control Bill, 2020 be resumed in the next Session at the adoption of the report stage. This motion was approved. She further moved that the proceedings of the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2020 and the Shipping Bill, 2020 be resumed in the next Session. These were approved.

Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Minister of Housing and Urban Development]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill, 2021

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved the second reading of The Finance Bill, 2021. Debate began on the bill. Following the wind up of the debate, the bill was committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. Amendments were made and approved. The bill was read a third time and passed.

Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Mr. Davendranath Tancoo, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Ms. Anita Haynes, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
Mr. Rushton Paray, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, MP [Minister of Planning and Development]
Mr. Ravi Ratiram, MP [Opposition Member]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Mr. Arnold Ram, MP [Opposition Member]
Adjournment
The House adjourned to Friday July 9, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 6:24 p.m.