House of Representatives


44th Sitting of the House of Representatives

4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Friday 20 September, 2019
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Hon. Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP for St. Ann’s East and Ms. Marlene McDonald, MP for Port of Spain South, from today’s Sitting of the House.

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Introduction of Private Member's Bill

The Speaker announced that leave will be granted later in the proceedings for the Leader of the Opposition to introduce the Sedition Repeal Bill, 2019.

Ten Papers

Ten papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Ten Reports

Ten reports were presented. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three urgent questions

Three urgent questions were posed.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance
One Request

Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP for Caroni East, made request for leave to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the ongoing criminal activity at the Eric Williams Sciences Complex. The Speaker was not satisfied that this matter qualified under this Standing Order.

Introduction Of Bills
The Government Savings Bonds (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Minister of Finance moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. This motion was approved.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Bills carried over to 5th Session

The Leader of Government Business moved that the progress of 13 Bills in the 4th Session be resumed in the 5th Session. These Bills are The Urban and Regional Planning Profession Bill, 2019, The Supplemental Police (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) Bill, 2019, The Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019, The Private Security Industry Bill, 2019, The Cybercrime Bill, 2017, The Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2016, The Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters Bill, 2018, The Tax Information Exchange Agreements Bill, 2018, The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Constitution (Amendment) (Tobago Self-Government) Bill, 2018, The National Statistical Institute of Trinidad and Tobago Bill, 2018 and The Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority Bill, 2018. The motion was carried.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Government Savings Bonds (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Minister of Finance moved the second reading of the Government Savings Bonds (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Debate began on the Bill.

Statements By Ministers
Result of RFP for Sale of Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery

The Minister of Finance made a Statement on the results of the Requests for Proposals for the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Government Savings Bonds (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Debate continued on the Government Savings Bonds (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Following the debate, the Bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. The Bill was read a third time and passed, with amendments.

Private Business: Motions
Leave for the Introduction of the Sedition (Repeal) Bill, 2019

The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, S.C., MP, moved a motion calling on the House to grant leave for the introduction of a Private Members’ Bill entitled The Sedition (Repeal) Bill, 2019. Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP, responded. With 15 votes for, 20 votes against and no abstentions, the motion was not approved.

Matter On The Adjournment
One Matter

Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, MP for Tabaquite, raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the certification of local party boats and the threat it poses to public safety. The Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister responded.

The House adjourned to a date to be fixed

The House brought greetings to the nation on the celebration of Republic Day. The Sitting concluded at 8:00 p.m. The House adjourned to a date to be fixed.