38th Sitting of the Senate

4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Wednesday 11 September, 2019
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

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

71 papers were laid during the Sitting. See the Order Paper.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Five Reports from Committees

Five Reports from Committees were presented. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One urgent question

One urgent question was posed.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Nine Questions on Notice

There were nine questions for Oral Answer. All nine questions were answered. See the Order Paper.

Introduction Of Bills
Two Bills

Two Bills, the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Animal (Diseases and Importation) Amendment Bill, 2019, were introduced.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Appointment of a New Senator to the Joint Select Committee on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019

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.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Evidence (Amendment) 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.

Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

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 Senate adjourns to a date to be fixed

The sitting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.