senate

Sittings

3rd Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Friday 17 September, 2021
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence and Temporary Appointment

The President granted leave of Absence to Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne, who was out of the country. Mr. Ndale Young was appointed to temporarily replace Sen. Browne.

Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Papers
12 Papers

12 Papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Urgent Questions

Three Urgent Questions were approved. The Questions have been appended to the Order Paper.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Appointment to Committees
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority Bill, 2021

Debate resumed (from September 14, 2021) on the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority Bill, 2021. Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Amrita Deonarine and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. Ten Members made contributions (19 over the course of two days of debate) before the Minister of Finance rose to wind up debate. The House then resolved into a Committee of the Whole to consider the Bill clause by clause. The Bill was considered in Committee and passed by a margin of 21 for, 7 against, 1 abstention.

Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell, MP [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Matter On The Adjournment
Use of Ivermectin in the fight against COVID-19

Sen. Anthony Vieira moved a matter on the Motion for the Adjournment on the need for the Government to consider the use of Ivermectin in this country�s fight against COVID-19. The Minister of Health responded.

Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Matter On The Adjournment
Investigation of Allegations of Misconduct in the TTPS

Senator Mark then raised the following matter, the need for the Government to explain the legal basis for its decision to appoint a two-member Committee comprising private citizens, to investigate allegations of misconduct against senior members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. The Minister of National Security responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

Before adjourning, greetings were shared on the occasion of Republic Day on September 24th.

Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries]