senate

Sittings

7th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 16 November, 2021
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

The Vice-President of the Senate, Sen. Nigel de Freitas, informed that Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo is out of the country. Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Anil Roberts and Sen. Evans Welch. Mr. Harvey Borris, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh and Mr. John Heath were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators, Mr. Harvey Borris, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh and Mr. John Heath, took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Harvey Borris [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. John Heath [Independent Senator (Temporary)]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Tribute to Mr. Christopher Thomas

The Senate paid tribute to former Senator, Mr. Christopher Thomas. A minute of silence was observed.

Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Change in Membership to JSC

The Vice-President informed of correspondence received from the Speaker of the House regarding the change in membership to Joint Select Committees.

Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Miscellaneous Provisions (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination Personnel) Bill, 2021

The Miscellaneous Provisions (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination Personnel) Bill, 2021 was brought from the House of Representatives in the name of the Attorney General who moved that the next stage of the bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was approved.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Papers
Nineteen Papers

Nineteen papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Eight Reports

Eight reports were presented.

Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One urgent question

One urgent question was posed.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Seven Questions on Notice

Seven questions qualified for oral answer.

Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Introduction Of Bills
The Trinidad and Tobago Special Economic Zones Bill, 2021

The Trinidad and Tobago Special Economic Zones Bill, 2021 was introduced in the name of the Attorney General.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Foreign Labour Contracts (Repeal) Bill, 2021

The Minister of Labour, Hon. Stephen Mc Clashie, MP, moved the second reading of The Foreign Labour Contracts (Repeal) Bill, 2021. Three senators contributed to the debate before the wind up by the Minister of Labour. The bill was then committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. No amendments were made. The bill was read a third time and passed.

Hon. Stephen Mc Clashie, MP [Minister of Labour]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Miscellaneous Provisions (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination Personnel) Bill, 2021

Hon. Stuart Young, MP, moved the second reading of The Miscellaneous Provisions (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination Personnel) Bill, 2021. Three Senators contributed to the debate before the wind up by the Acting Attorney General, Hon. Stuart Young, MP. The Bill was then committed to a Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. No amendments were made. The bill was read a third time and passed.

Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Anthony Vieira raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the misperception and misapplication of mosquito spraying. The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat, responded.
Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the failure of the Minister of Finance to appoint three nominees to the board of the Customs Clerks and Customs Brokers Association and the negative impact of such action on the operations of said association. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, responded.

Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday November 23, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 8:07 p.m.