senate

Sittings

9th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 30 November, 2021
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

The Vice-President of the Senate announced the absence of the President of the Senate, who is acting as President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Ndale Young was appointed temporary Senator in her place.

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

Temporary Senator, Mr. Ndale Young, took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Appointments to Special Select Committees of the Senate

The Vice-President of the Senate announced appointments to Special Select Committees of the Senate.

Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Papers
Three Papers

Three papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed.

Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions on Notice

Three questions qualified for oral answer. Question #8 was deferred.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Trinidad and Tobago Special Economic Zones Bill, 2021

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, moved the second reading of The Trinidad and Tobago Special Economic Zones Bill, 2021. Debate began on the bill with seven Senators making contributions before debate was suspended.

Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]
Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for Government to explain the arrangements with respect to the continuing acting employment of the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Petroleum. The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the hon. Clarence Rambharat, responded.
Sen. Mark raised a second matter on the growing global food shortage and its potential negative impact on the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday December 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The Sitting concluded at 3:55 p.m.