9th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 15 December, 2020
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial, who is ill.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Finance Bill, 2020

The Finance Bill, 2020 was brought from the House of Representatives in the name of the Minister of Finance. The Leader of Government Business moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was approved.

Thirteen Papers

Thirteen papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Four Reports

Four reports were presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Five urgent questions

Five urgent questions were posed.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Thirteen Questions on Notice

Thirteen questions qualified for oral answer. Questions #44 and #46 were deferred for two weeks.

Personal Explanations
Apology by Sen. Jearlean John

Sen. Jearlean John offered a personal explanation regarding an article by the Newsday on statements she made about Sen. Dr. Dillon-Remy, following Sen. Dillon-Remy’s vote for a bill. Sen. John apologized to Sen. Dillon-Remy, the President of the Senate and the Senate.

President's Ruling
Statements made by Sen. Jearlean John

The President of the Senate ruled that in light of Sen. John’s apology, the matter will not be referred to the Committee of Privileges.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Extensions to JSCs

The Leader of Government Business moved that extensions be granted to four Committees in order for the Committees to complete their work. These included an extension for the JSC on the Fisheries Management (No. 2) Bill, 2020 to July 31, 2021, an extension to the JSC on The Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2020 to March 31, 2021, an extension for the JSC on The Representation of the People (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and an extension to the JSC on The Cannabis Control Bill, 2020 to March 31, 2021. These motions were approved.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senator

Mr. Eli Zakour was appointed temporary Senator in place of Sen. Lutchmedial. Mr. Zakour took the oath of allegiance.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill, 2020

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved the second reading of The Finance Bill, 2020. Debate began on the Bill. The Bill was not committed to a Committee of the Whole Senate. With 23 votes for, 0 votes against and 7 abstentions, the Bill was read a third time and passed.

Matter On The Adjournment
One Matter

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the escalation of food prices. The Minister of Trade and Industry and Enterprise Development, Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, responded.

The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The Senate brought greetings to the nation on the celebration of Christmas. The Sitting concluded at 4:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed.