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T&T Civil Aviation Authority Bill [SEN. THE HON. S. BAKSH]

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

necessary to go there, it must be a line Ministry to which it should report. As such, the Member spoke about making it appear that this is some special organization and some special effort made in clause 11, that—

“The Minister shall give the authority such specific or general directions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act and the Authority shall give effect to any such directions.”

He also did not draw to our attention that all directions referred to in subsection (1) shall be in writing and signed by a Minister. He made it appear as though one had to just give some general directions. It is in fact to give a policy direction on the movement and for the improvement of the department of civil aviation.

In addition to that, in terms of clause 24, the Member made reference to the Central Tenders Board, in giving this authority in the performance of functions that “the Board shall, with a Minister’s approval, make rules relating to the award of tenders and contracts and those rules shall be published and shall govern the conduct of the award of tenders and related matters.”

Mr. President, again, in all the state organizations they would be able to develop their own tender rules and their own tendering procedures. In fact they have done so successfully in all the other organizations.

As the Member sought to raise some issues, generally it appears that we did not really understand or read the Bill in its entirety. In addition to that, the Air Licensing Authority is a different organization looking after different aspects of aviation.

11.55 a.m.

In fact, in terms of the Air Licensing Authority, that is the authority responsible for route rights and for approving journeys and so on, except that the only area in which the department, the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, would be involved is the journey permits or charter operations.

So, Mr. President, those are the points raised and, based on that, I beg to move.

Question put and agreed to. Bill accordingly read a second time. Bill committed to a committee of the whole Senate. Senate in committee.

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