Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Senate to debate ‘right to recall’ MPs

THE “right to recall” Members of Parliament and a fixed term for a Prime Minister will be debated by the Upper House during its second sitting of the new Parliamentary session, Leader of Government Business in the Senate Ganga Singh has said.

Singh made the statement as the First Sitting of the Fifth Session of the Tenth Parliament which took place yesterday.

The sitting was held at the J Hamilton Maurice Room at the Office of the Parliament, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.

It began at 1.30 p.m. and was held simultaneously as the Lower House’s sitting took place inside the Parliamentary Chamber.

The sitting began with Clerk of the Senate Jacqueline Phillip Stoute reading a proclamation declaring the new session open.

Vice-President of the Senate James Lambert, who chaired the sitting, granted leave of absence to Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications Vasant Bharath and Independent Senator Anthony Vieira.

Both Bharath and Vieira are out of the country. 

Lambert then read a letter from the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, appointing Keitha Smith and Dr Kriyaan Singh as temporary Senators to replace Bharath and Vieira respectively.

Smith, the daughter of deceased former United National Congress (UNC) Senator Arnim Smith, and Singh, a veterinarian who is paralysed from the chest down, then took the Oath of Allegiance as temporary Senators for the day’s sitting.

Twenty two papers were laid, including the annual audited financial statements of the Vehicle Management Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd for the financial year ended September 30, 2012.

Three Bills namely the Urban and Regional Planning Profession Bill 2014, the Land Tenants (Security of Tenure)(Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2014 and the Precursor Chemicals (No. 2) Bill 2014 were introduced.

The first sitting of the Senate was adjourned to August 19 at 11 a.m.

“On that day it is the intention of the Government to deal with the bill dealing with the right to recall and fixed time period for a prime minister and that will be debated in the other place (the Lower House) on the 11th,” Minister of the Environment and Water Resources and Leader of Government Business in the Senate Singh said.

“So I  just want to give notice of that, other than that we will deal with matters that are on the Supplemental Order paper,” he said.