12th REPUBLICAN PARLIAMENT: 1st SESSION
Summary of the 6th Sitting of the 1st Session of the 12th Republican Parliament
(Tuesday November 17, 2020 at 1:30 PM)
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
- Appointment to Committees: In accordance with Standing Order 79 (2), the President of the Senate listed the appointment of Senators to Sessional Select Committees of the Senate for the 1st Session. She then informed of correspondence received from the Speaker of the House on the appointment of MPs to Joint Select Committees.
Contributions by: Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo [President of the Senate]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
- Appointment to Joint Select Committees: The Leader of Government Business moved motions relating to the appointment of Senators to Joint Select Committees. Motions were approved.
Contributions by: Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries]
Private Business: Motions
- Reform of the Service Commissions: Independent Senator Anthony Vieira moved a private motion calling on the Government to review the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution and the enshrined Service Commissions and to table in Parliament, within a reasonable time, a clear plan for the update of the Constitution and reform of the Commissions. Debate began on the motion.
Contributions by: Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator], Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation], Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator], Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator], Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries], Sen. Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator], Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries], Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator], Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
Matter On The Adjournment
- Two Matters: Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for the Government to update the Senate on the implementation of the 12.5% royalty on all upstream gas producers and the revenue realized thus far. The Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan, responded.
Sen. Mark raised a second matter calling on the Government to explain the natural gas crisis arrived at between the Government negotiating team and the upstream gas producers. Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan responded.
Contributions by: Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator], Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries]
- The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed: The Sitting concluded at 6:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed.