House of Representatives


42nd Sitting of the House of Representatives

1st Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Friday 31 October, 2008
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of Absence

The Speaker granted leave of absence to the Minister of Finance and Member for D’Abadie/O’Meara (29 October-5 November), and Laventille East/Morvant, Tabaquite and Couva South (today’s sitting).

Two Papers

The Leader of the House laid two Papers in the name of the Minister of Finance. They were referred to the Public Accounts Committee. See the Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
40 Questions

40 Questions qualify for oral answer. Six Questions were answered (135, 148, 198, 210, 213 and 231) and the rest deferred for two weeks. See the Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer
Five Questions

Five Questions qualify for written answer. See the Order Paper for details.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance
Assistance of Sick Children needing surgery

The Member for Caroni East raised the matter of the Government’s Treatment of Sick Children, especially those requiring surgery not available locally. The Speaker ruled that the matter did not qualify under this Standing Order.

Private Business: Motions
Private Motion: Containing Food Prices

The House resumed debate (from Friday June 6, 2008) on a Private Motion in the name of the Member for Cumuto/Manzanilla which asks the House to condemn the Government for its failure to contain food prices. The Member for Tobago East completed his contribution from June 6th, followed by the Member for Oropouche West, the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources and the Member for Oropouche East, during whose contribution debate was suspended.

Matter On The Adjournment
Implementation of the Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2006

The Member for Princes Town North raised the matter condemning the Minister of National Security for his failure to introduce Orders and Regulations to implement the Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2006 for the appointment of a Commissioner of Police. The Minister of National Security responded.

The House adjourned to Friday November 7, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

The Leader of the House indicated that at its next sitting the House will deal with matters as listed on the Order Paper. The Speaker also advised the House of the upcoming sitting of the 7th National Youth Parliament on Monday November 3, 2008 at 1:30 p.m., and of the departure of the Marshal of the Parliament, Mr. Brian Caesar, who served in that capacity for three years. The sitting adjourned at 4:23 p.m.