senate

Sittings

5th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 8 November, 2022
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Amrita Deonarine from today’s Sitting of the Senate.

Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Tribute to Dr. Lester Henry

The Senate paid tribute to former Senator Dr. Lester Henry, who passed on Tuesday October 25, 2022. A minute of silence was observed.

Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox, MP [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Correspondence re establishment of JSC

The President of the Senate, Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, informed of correspondence received from the Speaker of the House on the establishment of a Joint Select Committee to consider the Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020, adopt the work of the Committee from the Second Session and present a report by 31st March, 2023.

Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Appointments to Sessional Select Committees

The President of the Senate made appointments to Sessional Select Committees of the Senate.

Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Finance Bill, 2022

The Finance Bill, 2022 was brought from the House of Representatives in the name of the Minister of Finance. Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved that the next stage of the bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was approved.

Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Papers
Thirty-two Papers

Thirty-two papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, MP [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne, MP [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
One Report

One report was presented. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Five Questions on Notice

Five questions qualified for oral answer. All questions were answered.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne, MP [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, MP [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Hon. Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP [Minister of Education]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Establishment of Committees

The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne, moved motions for the establishment of Joint Select Committees on The Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 and The Shipping Bill, 2020, which will adopt the work of these Committees in the Second Session and present a report by March 31, 2023. He then moved a motion for the establishment of a Special Select Committee on a Code of Ethical Conduct and Behaviour for Senators and for the concurrence of the Senate on the establishment of a Joint Select Committee to consider the Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020. Senators were appointed to each Committee. All motions were approved.

Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne, MP [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill, 2022

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP moved the second reading of the Finance Bill, 2022. Sen. Mark and Sen. Deyalsingh made contributions to the debate before the wind up by the Minister of Finance. The bill was not committed to a Committee of the Whole Senate. The bill was read a third time and passed.

Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the CLICO Investment Fund. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, responded.

Sen. Mark raised a second matter regarding the failure of the Government to effectively address the rise in serious crime in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of National Security, Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP, responded.

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

The Sitting concluded at 2:00 p.m.