8th Sitting of the Senate

4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 18 December, 2018
10:30 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat and Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy, who are both out of the country. Mr. Ndale Young and Mr. Josh O.W. Drayton were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators Ndale Young and Josh Drayton took the oath of allegiance.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
Two Bills

The Finance Bill, 2018 and the Miscellaneous Provisions (Proceeds of Crime, Anti-Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago) Bill, 2018 were brought from the House of Representatives. The Minister of Finance moved that the next stage of the Finance Bill be taken later in the proceedings.

Five Papers

Five papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Three Reports

Three reports were presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Urgent Questions

Three urgent questions were posed.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Ten Questions on Notice

Ten questions qualified for oral answer. Question #69 was deferred for two weeks.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance
One Request

Sen. Anita Haynes sought request for leave to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance namely, the failure of the Government to pay outstanding back pay to terminated employees of Petrotrin. The President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under this Standing Order.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill, 2018

The Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Sen. the Hon. Allyson West, moved the second reading of The Finance Bill, 2018. Debate began on the Bill. Following the debate, the Bill was read a third time and passed.

Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the failure of the Government to condemn security personnel at TSTT’s Nelson Exchange Office for ejecting the Secretary General of the Communication Workers Union from the building whilst he was conducting union business. The Minister of Public Utilities responded.
Sen. Mark raised another matter regarding the destabilization of the trade union movement. The Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development responded.

The Senate adjourned to Wednesday December 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 10:48 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Wednesday December 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.