37th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 21 October, 2008
1:30 PM
Nine Papers

Nine Papers were laid, seven in the name of the Minister of Finance, one in the name of the Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment and one in the name of the Minister of Health. Two of these Papers were reviewed by the Statutory Instruments Committee. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Ten Questions

Ten Questions qualify for oral answer. Three questions (93, 104, 106) were answered. See the Order Paper for details.

Statements By Ministers
Impact of recent developments in the Financial Markets on the Trinidad and Tobago economy

The Minister of Finance made a statement on the potential impact of the recent developments on the international financial markets, and on the state of the Trinidad and Tobago economy.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Appointment of Senate Members of Oversight Committees

The Leader of Government Business in the Senate moved that certain Members of the Senate be appointed to the three oversight Joint Select Committees. Leave was granted.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Pensions (Amendment)(No.2) Bill, 2008

The Minister of Information moved the Second Reading of the Pensions (Amendment)(No.2) Bill, 2008. In so doing, he sought and obtained leave to debate the Teachers’ Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2008 and the Assisted Secondary School Teachers’ Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2008. These Bills were debated together and passed in the House of Representatives on July 23, 2008, and were listed in the name of the Minister of Public Administration. Eight Members entered the debate before the Minister began his wind up. The Bills were later passed without amendment.

The Senate adjourned to Wednesday October 29, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

At its next sitting the Senate will deal with the Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Orchestra Corporation Bill, 2008 and, time permitting, the Prison Service (Amendment) Bill, 2008. Before adjourning, Sen. the Hon. Conrad Enill, Sen. Wade Mark, Sen. Gail Merhair and the President of the Senate extended Divali greetings to the Hindu community.