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T&T Civil Aviation Authority Bill

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

Sen. Prof. Spence: I take that argument, but then I would have to ask: is that a voluntary provision, or should we have it in the Act? If the argument is being advanced that it is safe to remove the Central Tenders Board because they are in any case represented on the committee, how do we ensure that they are represented? Should we not then put it in the Act? If that is a powerful argument for going in that direction, then let us ensure that it is not a voluntary act on behalf of that particular state enterprise.

12.30 p.m.

Sen. Mark: That has never been placed in any past legislation. There is, in fact, an understanding and practice that has developed over the years and it has not been violated, so to come—[Interruption] I think that that is the understanding that has been established, that the Central Tenders Board will have representation on those tenders committees in the statutory authorities, and it has not been violated, so why do we want to come now and put into legislation the provision— [Crosstalk]

Mr. Chairman: Unless we have new comments I shall put the question. Sen. Montano the first deletion, are you pursuing it?

Sen. Montano: Yes.

Sen. Prof. Spence: Mr. Chairman, if I could just repeat what I have said. A powerful argument is being made of the fact that the Central Tenders Board is going to be represented on these committees. I say, if that is a powerful argument in support of the removal of the Central Tenders Board then it does not make sense, to me, to leave that as a voluntary activity. If that is a strong argument in favour of that, then it should not be a voluntary act.

Mr. Chairman: Hon. Senators, I shall put the question for the deletion. Question, on amendment, put and negatived. Mr. Chairman: I shall now put the question for the original clause. Question put and agreed to. Clause 24 ordered to stand part of the Bill. Clauses 25 to 31 ordered to stand part of the Bill. Clause 32. Question proposed, That clause 32 stand part of the Bill.

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