34th Sitting of the Senate
4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus and Sen. Garvin Simonette who are out of the country.
The Miscellaneous Provisions (Tax Amnesty, Pensions, Freedom of Information, National
Insurance, Central Bank, Companies and Non-Profit Organisations) Bill, 2019 was brought from the House of Representatives. The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings.
Eight papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.
Two urgent questions were posed.
Three questions qualified for oral answer.
Mr. Wayne Inniss and Mr. Harvey Borris were appointed temporary Senators, replacing Sen. Baptiste-Primus and Sen. Simonette respectively. The temporary Senators took the oath of allegiance.
The Minister of Finance moved the second reading of The Miscellaneous Provisions (Tax Amnesty, Pensions, Freedom of Information, National Insurance, Central Bank and Non-Profit Organisations) Bill, 2019. Debate began on the Bill. Following the debate, the Bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. With 20 votes for, 6 votes against and 3 abstentions, the Bill was read a third time and passed, with amendments.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for an appropriate investigation for determining causes and holding persons to account for numerous cost overruns on recent capital projects under the THA. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance responded.
Sen. Mark raised a second matter regarding the need for the Government to commission an audit to determine whether the $37M being spent on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways for increasing tourism in Tobago is achieving its objective. The Minister in the Ministry of Finance responded.
The Senate brought greetings on the observances of Labour Day and Corpus Christi on June 19 and 20 respectively. The Sitting concluded at 12:05 a.m. on Tuesday June 18, 2019. The Senate adjourned to Monday June 24, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.