11th REPUBLICAN PARLIAMENT: 4th SESSION

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3rd Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Annul the Freedom of Information (Exemption) Order, 2017

WHEREAS it is provided by Section 5(1)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act, Chap. 22:02, that the President may, by Order exempt public authorities from the application of the Act;

AND WHEREAS the Freedom of Information (Exemption) Order, 2017 was published on December 14, 2017 by Legal Notice No. 151;

AND WHEREAS this Order seeks to exempt the Strategic Services Agency from the application of the Freedom of Information Act;

AND WHEREAS the proposed exemption will remove access to information by citizens, interest groups and the media, all of whom have an interest in the policies, rules and practices of the Strategic Services Agency inter alia;

AND WHEREAS this Order will directly affect the transparency, openness, accountability and the necessary checks and balances on all aspects of the operations of the Strategic Services Agency to avoid any potential misuse of office and/or abuse of power:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Freedom of Information (Exemption) Order, 2017 be annulled.

(By the Member for Naparima)
(By Senator Wade Mark)

First Debated: 12-Jan-2018
Speakers in the:
House of Representatives
12-Jan-2018 View the Order PDF icon (21.9 kb) | Hansard PDF icon (1,081.2 kb)
Mr. Rodney Charles, MP [Naparima] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]
Mr. Prakash Ramadhar, MP [St. Augustine] [Opposition Member]
Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Maj. Gen. Edmund Dillon, MP [Point Fortin] [Minister of National Security]
Mr. Rodney Charles, MP [Naparima] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille West] [Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs]
Senate
16-Jan-2018 View the Order PDF icon (21.9 kb) | Hansard PDF icon (824.5 kb)
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir [Independent Senator]
Sen. Khadijah Ameen [Opposition Senator]
Sen. David Small [Independent Senator]
Sen. Taharqa Obika [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Sophia Chote, SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. Gerald Ramdeen [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. Anita Haynes [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries]
Sen. Jennifer Raffoul [Independent Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
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