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Summary of the 10th Sitting of the 5th Session of the 11th Republican Parliament
(Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 1:30 PM)

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Announcements By The President/Vice-President

  • Leave of absence: Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, who is out of the country and Sen. Sophia Chote, S.C., who is ill. Mr. Ndale Young and Ms. Zola Phillips were appointed temporary Senators in their place.
    Contributions by: Sen. Nigel de Freitas [Vice-President of the Senate]

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member

  • Temporary Senators: Temporary Senators Ndale Young and Zola Phillips took the oath of allegiance.
    Contributions by: Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)], , MP

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives

  • One Bill: The Finance Bill, 2019 was brought from the House of Representatives. The Minister of Finance moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was carried.
    Contributions by: Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration and Minister in the Ministry of Finance]


Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer

  • Two urgent questions: Two urgent questions were posed.
    Contributions by: Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator], Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance]

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

  • One Request: Sen. Wade Mark made a 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 protect the public health of the citizenry by providing sufficient security and protection from the spread of the influenza virus which has led to the death of 32 persons to date. The Vice-President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under this Standing Order.
    Contributions by: Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

Matter On The Adjournment

  • One Matter: Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for the Government to restructure business operations at the Tunapuna office of Ministry of Social Development and Family Services with a view to ensuring more efficient service delivery to the customer. Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus responded on behalf of the Minister of Social Development and Family Services.
    Contributions by: Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator], Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus [Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development]


  • The Senate adjourned to Friday December 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.: The Sitting concluded at 9:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Friday December 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
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