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Both Houses meet at 1.30 pm

Both Houses of Parliament — the House of Representatives and the Senate — will meet simultaneously today at Tower D, Waterfront Complex, at 1.30 p.m. as the final session of this parliamentary term opens.
There will be no ceremonial opening at this first sitting of the Fifth Session of the Tenth Parliament, meaning that there would be no speech from the President Anthony Carmona to the joint Assembly, no inspection of the guard of honour, no attendance by members of the judiciary.
Instead the proclamation, which was signed by Acting President Timothy Hamel-Smith, declaring open the Fifth Session of the Tenth Parliament would be read by the Clerk of the House.
Both houses would meet and do business. It is expected that Government will table a number of bills. Though the Order Paper does not state which bills would be laid.
The Parliament is expected to take its annual traditional break from today until September when the annual budget is read.
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