8th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Friday 15 January, 2016
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs and Sen. Daniel Solomon. Mr. Rohan Sinanan and Mr. Wayne Munro were appointed on a temporary basis to replace Senators Moses and Solomon in their absence.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators, Mr. Rohan Sinanan and Mr. Wayne Munro took their oaths of allegiance.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
One Bill

The Finance Bill 2016 was brought from the House of Representatives and read for a first time in the Senate.

Fifteen Papers

Fifteen (15) Papers were laid in the names of the Vice- President of the Senate, Minister of Finance, Minister of National Security, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Attorney General, Minister of Works and Transport and Minister of Social Development and Family Services. See the Order Paper and Supplemental 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 for details.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill 2016

The Minister of Finance moved the second reading of the Finance Bill, 2015.

Matter On The Adjournment
Worsening of the Foreign Exchange Crisis

Senator Wade Mark raised as a matter on the adjournment of the Senate, the issue of the worsening of the foreign exchange crisis. Senator Mark advanced that the Minister of Finance should work towards new policy direction to address this urgent issue. Senator Mark also raised the need for the Government to pay attention to the provision of Foreign Exchange to address the health care needs of citizens who might require Foreign Exchange in order to undertake urgent health care matters abroad. The Minister of Finance responded.

Matter On The Adjournment
Rising Homicide Rate in Society

Senator Wade Mark raised as a matter on the adjournment, the issue of the rising homicide rates in society. He questioned the plans of the Government to curb crime and violence. He called on the Minister of National Security to take action immediately on the crime situation. The Minister of National Security responded.

The Senate has been adjourned to Thursday January 21st 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

The 8th Sitting of the Senate concluded at 3:17 a.m. on Saturday January 16th 2016. The 9th Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Thursday January 21st 2016. At the 9th Sitting, the Senate will address the motion of the selection process and qualification criteria for the Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police.