6th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 24 November, 2015
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, President of the Senate and Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs as both senators are out of the country. Ms. Alisha Romano and Mr. Rohan Sinanan were appointed to temporarily replace Senators Kangaloo and Moses respectively during their absence.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators, Ms. Alisha Romano and Mr. Rohan Sinanan took their oaths of allegiance.

8 Papers

Eight (8) Papers were laid in the names of the Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Minister of Works and Transport and Minister of Housing and Urban Development. See Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions

Three Questions qualified for oral answer. All questions were answered. See the Order Paper.

Private Business: Motions
Motion: Consider United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

A private motion was moved by Senator Wade Mark to ask Government to take stock of Agenda 2030, to commit to help implement this new framework through all acts of legislation and to request that the Government table a report on the implementation of the national strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals for a thorough review by Parliament. This motion was seconded by Sen. Wayne Sturge. The debate on this motion followed.

Matter On The Adjournment
Identification of VAT Zero Rated Items

Senator Wade Mark raised as a matter on the adjournment of the Senate, the issue of the failure of the Minister of Finance to identify the range of goods and services currently zero rated and which would attract the 12.5 per cent VAT rate effective from 1st January 2016. The Minister of Finance responded.

Matter On The Adjournment
The Worsening Crime Situation in Trinidad and Tobago

Senator Wade Mark raised as a matter on the adjournment of the Senate, the issue of the worsening crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of National Security responded.

The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The 6th Sitting of the Senate ended at 6:40 p.m.