House of Representatives


34th Sitting of the House of Representatives

2nd Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Friday 19 May, 2017
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence

Leave of absence was granted to Hon. Stuart Young, MP for Port of Spain North/St. Ann’s West, Dr. Lackram Bodoe, MP for Fyzabad and Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, MP for Caroni Central from today’s Sitting.

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Tribute to former MP Rennie Dumas

The House paid tribute to former Member of Parliament Rennie Dumas, who passed away on Sunday May 14, 2017. A minute of silence was observed.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Four Reports

Four reports will be presented. See Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Nine urgent questions

Nine urgent questions were posed. Seven questions were answered before the time for urgent questions expired. See Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Seven Questions

Seven questions qualified for oral answer. See Order Paper for details.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance
One Matter

The Member for Caroni East (Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP) sought leave to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the endangerment of the health and lives of thousands of patients through the dispensation of inefficacious drugs through CDAP. The Speaker was not satisfied that this matter qualified under Standing Order 17.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Extension of JSC - Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2016

The Leader of the House moved a motion to allow an extension of six weeks to the JSC – Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2017, in order for the Committee to complete its work and submit a final report to the House by June 30, 2017. This motion was carried.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Bail (Access to Bail) (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Attorney General moved the second reading of The Bail (Access to Bail)(Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Leader of the Opposition was first to enter the debate, followed by the Minister of Public Utilities, the Member for St. Augustine and the Member for Oropouche West. Six Members made contributions before the Attorney General rose to wind up the debate. The Debate was then suspended.

Matter On The Adjournment
Structure of the Brian Lara Stadium

The Member for Princes Town raised as a matter on the motion for the adjournment, the findings of two independent sets of testings on the wells of the steel structure of the Brian Lara stadium contained in the report of the CoE into the construction sector of Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Housing and Urban Development responded.

The House adjourns to Friday May 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next sitting Private Business will take precedence (Motion 3 on today’s Order Paper). The Leader of the House indicated that Government Business would follow. The Sitting ended at 8:34 p.m.