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Arrangement of Business

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

ARRANGEMENT OF BUSINESS

The Minister of Public Administration (Sen. The Hon. Wade Mark): Mr. President, today is not Private Members’ Day, however, I seek leave of the Senate to deal with Motion No. 2 and Bills Second Reading under “Private Business” before Bills, Second Reading under “Government Business”.

Agreed to.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ASSOCIATION IN AID OF THE DEAF (INC’N) BILL

Adoption

Sen. Philip Hamel-Smith: Mr. President, I beg to move the following Motion standing in my name.

Be It Resolved:

That the Senate adopt the report of the Special Select Committee of the Senate appointed to consider and report on a Bill entitled “An Act to repeal and replace the Trinidad and Tobago Association in Aid of the Deaf (Incorporation of Trustees) Act, 1962”.

Mr. President, your committee convened at one meeting to consider the draft before it and examined the documents submitted by the Promoters.

Basically, the conclusion we arrived at was the fundamental change that was being made in the 1962 Act which was in the name of the organization. Prior to now, the Association carried its name as the Association in Aid of the Deaf, and on examining the Promoters and looking at its current activities, it was found that technology has shown us that, in fact, everyone afflicted with hearing problems possessed some form of residual hearing which if amplified, could allow the afflicted person to learn to speak.

As a result, the feeling was that the stigma of the prior name and the reference of deafness was inappropriate at this time, and, therefore, the Association really was attempting, via this new piece of legislation, to change its name to relate to the hearing impaired so that the name change was necessitated out of this development over the recent past. That basically was the change at which we looked.

We carefully examined the various clauses of the new Bill, and the Preamble to the Bill. We took into consideration presentations by the committee and the evidence they brought before us and we are satisfied with the facts which were presented, that the Bill properly represents the objectives that were put before it

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