4th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 3 February, 2009
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence and Appointment of a New Senator

The President granted Leave of Absence to Sen. the Hon. Dr. Lenny Saith. Mr. Noel Gayle was appointed to temporarily replace Dr. Saith during his absence from Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs. Lyndira Oudit was appointed an Opposition Senator, while the seat of Senator Cindy Devika Sharma was declared vacant.

Private Business: Motions
Private Motion: Election Campaign Financing

Sen. Prof. Ramesh Deosaran moved a Private Motion which asks the House to appoint a Joint Select Committee to establish a legislative framework to govern the financing of election campaigns. Sen. Laurel Lezama was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Wade Mark. Some four Senators made contributions before debate was suspended.

Matter On The Adjournment
Status of Missing Persons

There were three matters raised on the Motion for the adjournment. First, Senator Wade Mark raised the matter of the status of missing persons in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of National Security responded.

Matter On The Adjournment
Alleged Reports of Financial Mismanagement - Ministry of Local Government

Sen. Mark then raised the matter of the alleged reports of financial mismanagement and disregard of the financial regulations in the Ministry of Local Government. The Minister of Local Government responded.

Matter On The Adjournment
Abolition of Old Age Pension in Favour of Senior Citizen's Grant

The third matter raised by Sen. Mark was “Government’s abolition of Old Age Pension in favour of a Senior Citizens Grant.” The Minister of Social Development responded.

The Senate adjourns to Thursday February 5, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

At its next sitting the Senate expects to consider the Central Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2009 and the Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2009.