35th Sitting of the Senate

5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Monday 22 June, 2020
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Taharqa Obika and Sen. Saddam Hosein, who are ill. Mr. Robert Amar and Mr. Nigel Trancoso were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Membership of JSC

The President of the Senate informed of correspondence received from the Speaker of the House regarding the appointment of six members to the Joint Select Committee on the Fisheries Management Bill, 2020.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators Amar and Trancoso took the oath of allegiance.

Two Papers

Two papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One urgent question

One urgent question was posed and answered.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Five Questions on Notice

Five questions qualified for oral answer. Question #140 was deferred for two weeks.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Appointment to JSC

The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan, moved a motion that six Senators (named) be appointed to serve on the JSC on the Fisheries Management Bill, 2020. The motion was approved.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ayanna Webster-Roy, MP, moved the second reading of The Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Debate began on the Bill. Following the debate, the Bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. Amendments were made and approved. With 29 votes for, 0 votes against and 0 abstentions, the Bill was read a third time and passed.

Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for the Government to explain the system used to identify deserving individuals and families for receipt of State sponsored hampers during COVID-19 period. Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a second matter on the need for the Government to remain committed to the rights enshrined under Section 4 (k) of the Constitution on the freedom of the press. The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, responded.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 10:43 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.