38th Sitting of the Senate
4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament
The President of the Senate granted leave of absence to Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs and Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye who are both out of the country. Ms. Donna Cox and Mr. Foster Cummings took the oath of office as Senators along with two temporary Senators (Mr. Ndale Young (Government) and Ms. Shervon Ifill (Independent).
71 papers were laid during the Sitting. See the Order Paper.
Five Reports from Committees were presented. See the Order Paper.
One urgent question was posed.
There were nine questions for Oral Answer. All nine questions were answered. See the Order Paper.
Two Bills, the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Animal (Diseases and Importation) Amendment Bill, 2019, were introduced.
The Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan moved the appointment of Sen. Daniel Dookie in lieu of Mr. Garvin Simonette to serve on the Joint Select Committee on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019.
Debate continued (from April 2, 2019) on the Evidence (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Opposition Senator, Sen. Sean Sobers was first to join in the debate.
Two matters were raised on the Motion for the Adjournment. Senator Charrise Seepersad raised “the need for the Government to appoint a District Registrar with suitable accommodation and adequate personnel, to resume the registering of births and deaths in the Port-of-Spain and Environs District.” The Attorney General responded.
Senator Wade Mark then raised “the failure of the Government to table the recently signed contract between Austal Limited and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the purchase of the two Cape Class Patrol Vessels.” The Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs responded.
The sitting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.