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    Leave of Absence 2015.03.17

    UNREVISED

    SENATE

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    The Senate met at 1.30 p.m.

    PRAYERS

    [MADAM PRESIDENT in the Chair]

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE

    Madam President: Hon. Senators, I have granted leave of absence to Sen.

    H. R. Ian Roach who is ill.

    SENATOR’S APPOINTMENT

    Madam President: Hon. Senators, I have received the following

    correspondence from His Excellency the President, Anthony Thomas

    Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T, S.C.:

    “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND

    TOBAGO

    By His Excellency ANTHONY THOMAS

    AQUINAS CARMONA, O.R.T.T., S.C.,

    President and Commander-in-Chief of the

    Armed Forces of the Republic of Trinidad

    and Tobago.

    /s/ Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T. S.C.

    President.

    TO: DR. KRIYAAN SINGH

    WHEREAS Senator Hugh Russell Ian Roach is incapable of

    performing his duties as a Senator by reason of his illness:

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANTHONY THOMAS AQUINAS

    CARMONA, President as aforesaid, in exercise of the power vested in

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    Senator’s Appointment 2015.03.17

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    me by section 44(1)(b) and section 44(4)(c) of the Constitution of

    the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, do hereby appoint you, Dr.

    Kriyaan Singh, to be temporarily a member of the Senate, with effect

    from 17th March, 2015 andcontinuing during the absence by reason of

    illness of Senator Hugh Russell Ian Roach.

    Given under my Hand and the Seal of

    the President of the Republic of

    Trinidad and Tobago at the

    Office of the President, St.

    Ann’s, this 16th day of March,

    2015.”

    OATH OF ALLEGIANCE

    Senator Dr. Kriyaan Singh took and subscribed the Oath of

    Allegiance as required by law.

    TRIBUTES

    (DR. ALLOY LEQUAY)

    Madam President: Hon. Senators, as you are aware, former Senator Dr.

    Alloy Lequay passed away on 15th March this year. Tributes would be paid

    to him later in today's proceedings.

    VISITORS

    (CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION)

    Madam President: Hon. Senators, I also wish to announce that we have the

    honour and the privilege of welcoming the parliamentary delegation from

    Canada who are sitting with us in the persons of Sen. Leo Housakos,

    Speaker Pro Tempe; Sen. Anne Cools; Sen. Pana Merchant; Sen. Grant

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    Visitors (Canadian Parliamentary 2015.03.17 Delegation) (cont’d)

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    Mitchell; Sen. Betty Unga; Sen. David Wells; and Miss Marie-Eve Belzile.

    Welcome to our Parliament. [Desk thumping]

    PAPERS LAID

    1. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1978. [The Minister of

    Finance and the Economy (Sen. The Hon. Larry Howai)]

    2. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1979. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    3. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1980. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    4. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1981. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    5. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1982. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    6. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

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    Papers Laid 2015.03.17

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    7. Centre for the year ended December 31, 1983. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    8. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1984. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    9. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1985. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    10. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1986. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    11. Third Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and

    Tobago on the Financial Statements of the Sangre Grande Civic

    Centre for the year ended December 31, 1987. [Sen. The Hon. L.

    Howai]

    12. Annual Report of the Equal Opportunity Commission for the year

    2010. [The Attorney General (Sen. The Hon. Garvin Nicholas)]

    13. Annual Report of the Equal Opportunity Commission for the year

    2011. [Sen. The Hon. G. Nicholas]

    14. Annual Report of the Equal Opportunity Commission for the year

    2012. [Sen. The Hon. G. Nicholas]

    15. Annual Report of the Equal Opportunity Commission for the year

    2013. [Sen. The Hon. G. Nicholas]

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    Papers Laid 2015.03.17

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    16. Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (Vesting)

    (Amendment to the First Schedule) Order, 2015. [The Minister of the

    Environment and Water Resources (Sen. The Hon. Ganga Singh)]

    17. Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (Vesting)

    (Amendment to the First Schedule) (No. 2) Order, 2015. [Hon. Dr. R.

    Moonilal]

    JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT

    (Presentation)

    Ministries, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Group 2)

    (Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago)

    Sen. Dr. Victor Wheeler: Madam President, I have the honour to present

    the following report:

    The Nineteenth Report of the Joint Select committee on Ministries

    (Group 2), and on the Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises

    falling under their purview on the Administration and Operations of

    the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT).

    ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

    The Minister of the Environment and Water Resources (Sen. The Hon.

    Ganga Singh): Thank you very much, Madam President. Madam

    President, as is the practice of the Senate, I see that my colleague, the hon.

    Minister of Health, is here. So we are in a position to answer Questions 65,

    16, 32, 35, 43 and 62. We seek a deferral for two weeks of the other

    questions.

    The following questions stood on the Order Paper in the name of Sen.

    Camille Robinson-Regis:

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    Oral Answers to Questions 2015.03.17

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    “New Flying Squad”

    (Status of)

    23. Would the hon. Minister of National Security provide the status of the

    investigation into the re-establishment of a “New Flying Squad”?

    Ministry of National Security

    (Cost of Advertisements and Public Relations Campaigns)

    27. Could the hon. Minister of National Security provide the Senate with

    the cost of advertisements and public relations campaigns conducted

    by the Ministry of National Security in the Media for the period

    January 2011 to November 2014?

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

    (Cost of Advertisements and Public Relations Campaigns)

    39. Could the hon. Minister of Housing and Urban Development provide

    the Senate with the cost of advertisements and public relations

    campaigns conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban

    Development in the Media for the period January 2011 to November

    2014?

    Office of the Prime Minister

    (Cost of Advertisements and Public Relations Campaigns)

    40. Could the hon. Prime Minister provide the Senate with the cost of

    advertisements and public relations campaigns conducted by the

    Office of the Prime Minister in the Media for the period January 2011

    to November 2014?

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    (Cost of Advertisements and Public Relations Campaigns)

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    Oral Answers to Questions 2015.03.17

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    41. Could the hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs provide the Senate with the

    cost of advertisements and public relations campaigns conducted by

    the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Media for the period January

    2011 to November 2014?

    Ministry of Labour and Small

    and Micro Enterprise Development