9th Sitting of the Senate
5th Session - 10th Republican Parliament
The President of the Senate announced that Sen. David Small was out of the country. Mr. Taurel Shrikissoon was appointed to temporarily replace Sen. Small during his absence.
The President read communication from the Speaker of the House announcing the appointment of House members to several Joint Select Committees.
The President indicated that tributes would be paid to former Independent Senator Michael Mansoor later in the proceedings. Before adjournment, tributes were paid by Sen. the Hon. Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Sen. Camille Robinson-Regis, Sen. Helen Drayton and the President of the Senate. The Senate then stood in silence for one minute.
29 Papers were laid. See the Order Paper.
Four Reports from Select Committees were presented, two from the Joint Select Committee Group 2 and two from the Public Accounts Committee. See the Supplemental Order Paper.
Four Questions qualified for oral answer. See the Order Paper.
The Minister of Water Resources and the Environment made a statement on Developments in the Water Sector.
Two Bills, The Credit Unions Bill, 2014, and the Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2014 were introduced in the name of the Minister of Finance and the Economy. See the Supplemental Order Paper.
The Leader of Government Business sought leave of the Senate to deal with Private Business instead of Government Business. Leave was granted.
Independent Senator Dr. Victor Wheeler moved a Private Motion which calls on the Government to take immediate steps to conduct a comprehensive review of the Regional Health Authority system in the delivery of health care in Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Health was first to respond.
At the next sitting, debate is expected on the Urban and Regional Planning Profession Bill, 2014. The sitting ended at 4:57 p.m.