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T&T Civil Aviation Authority Bill

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

Hon. Baksh: In the last line, “having a pecuniary interest.” That is what was referred to earlier in the Act.

Mr. Chairman: Hon. Senators, the question is, that clause 14(4) be amended as follows. In the last line delete “an” and substitute “a pecuniary.”

Question again put and agreed to. Clause 14, as amended, again ordered to stand part of the Bill. 12.20 p.m. Clauses 17 to 23 ordered to stand part of the Bill. Clause 24. Question proposed, That clause 24 stand part of the Bill.

Mr. Chairman: I think Sen. Montano wants to make a proposal.

Sen. Montano: Mr. Chairman, well, I am not going to go through the kind of debate we just went through. I made my case when I was making my contribution. I do not think that clause 24 belongs in this piece of legislation. I am not going to debate the matter again. I would like to move that clause 24 be removed.

Sen. Mark: Mr. Chairman, if I may, this is consistent with what already takes place at a number of statutory authorities, including the National Insurance Property Development Company (NIPDEC); Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC); TTPost and Port Authority. This is something consistent and it is not anything to be unduly worried about.

Mr. Chairman, at any rate, I know for a fact that there was a Bill that the PNM really forgot to bring to Parliament in its haste to demit office the last time. That particular piece of legislation that the PNM was to bring was going to give all Ministries, Statutory Authorities and Departments of Government the authority to set up their own tenders rules as obtains at the level of the Ministry of National Security. This Government has not brought it as yet but we will do it in the next term. Quite frankly, the Opposition recognized the difficulties that Ministries and Government Departments were having with the Central Tenders Board and they were going to amend the Central Tenders Board Act. I could bring a copy of that legislation for Sen. Montano because he was not around at that time, as you know.

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