11th REPUBLICAN PARLIAMENT: 2nd SESSION

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Summary of the 14th Sitting of the 2nd Session of the 11th Republican Parliament
(Friday January 6, 2017 at 1:30 PM)

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Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker

  • Change in Membership of Joint Select Committees: The Speaker announced changes in membership of Joint Select Committees as agreed to in the Senate on Monday December 19, 2016.
    Contributions by: Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP [Speaker of the House]

Papers

  • 21 Papers: Twenty-one Papers were laid in the names of the Minister of Finance, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Minister of Public Utilities, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Attorney General, Prime Minister, Deputy Speaker and Member for Tobago West. Papers 1-11 were referred to the Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee. See Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper for details.
    Contributions by: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Hon. Randall Mitchell, MP [San Fernando East] [Minister of Housing and Urban Development], Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille West] [Minister of Public Utilities], Hon. Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP [St. Ann's East] [Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts], Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley, MP [Diego Martin West] [Prime Minister], Mr. Esmond Forde, MP [Tunapuna] [Deputy Speaker], Hon. Ayanna Webster-Roy, MP [Tobago East] [Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister], Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer

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

  • Two Matters: Mr. Rudranath Indarsingh, MP for Couva South, made a request for leave to move the adjournemnt of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance namely the failure of the Government to adequately address the fallout between State-owned PETROTRIN and the Oil Field Workers Trade Union. The Speaker was satisfied that the matter qualified to be raised. The matter was stood down until 6 p.m.
    The Leader of the Opposition also made a request for leave on a definite matter of public importance namely the failure of the government to address the continued increase in homicides, serious crime and criminal activity which has resulted in the breakdown in law and order in our country. The Speaker was not satisfied that this matter qualified under Standing Order 17.
    Contributions by: Mr. Rudranath Indarsingh, MP [Couva South] [Opposition Member], Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]

Introduction Of Bills

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

  • The Tax Information Exchange Agreements Bill 2016: Under Standing Order 68(3), the Minister of Finance moved a motion to withdraw the the Tax Information Exchange Agreements Bill, 2016 from the Committee of the Whole and to refer it to a Joint Select Committee. The Joint Select Committee will be required to report to the House by February 3, 2017. The motion was approved.
    Contributions by: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]

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

  • Definite Matter: PETROTRIN and the Oilfield Workers Trade Union negotiations: At 3:16 p.m., debate began on the Definite Matter approved earlier on the fallout between PETROTRIN and OWTU. The Member for Couva South was first to contribute, followed by the Minister of Finance.
    Contributions by: Mr. Rudranath Indarsingh, MP [Couva South] [Opposition Member], Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Opposition Member], Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Port-of-Spain North/St. Ann's West] [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister], Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, MP [Tabaquite] [Opposition Member], Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]

Adjournment

  • The House adjourned to Friday January 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.: The Sitting concluded at 4:20 p.m. The House adjourned to Friday January 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.