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    Leave of Absence February 05, 2010

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Friday, February 05, 2010

    The House met at 1.30 p.m.

    PRAYERS

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE

    Mr. Speaker: Hon. Members, I have received communication from the hon.

    Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj SC, Member of Parliament for Tabaquite, requesting leave

    of absence from today's sitting of the House. I have also received communication from

    the hon. Vasant Bharath, Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, requesting leave of

    absence during the period, February 05 to February 12, 2010. The leave which these

    Members seek is granted.

    PAPERS LAID

    1. Audited financial statements of the Caribbean Airlines Limited for the financial

    year ended December 31, 2007. [The Minister of Finance (Hon. Karen Nunez-

    Tesheira)]

    2. Audited financial statements of the Caribbean Airlines Limited for the

    financial year ended December 31, 2008. [Hon. K. Nunez-Tesheira]

    Papers 1 and 2 to be referred to the Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee.

    3. Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the

    financial statements of the Land Settlement Agency for the year ended December

    31, 2002. [Hon. K. Nunez-Tesheira]

    To be referred to the Public Accounts Committee.

    SECURITIES BILL

    Joint Select Committee

    (Appointment of Members)

    Mr. Speaker: Hon. Members, I have also received communication from Sen.

    The Hon. Danny Montano, President of the Senate, dated February 02, 2010, and

    it is addressed to myself. It concerns the appointment of Members to joint select

    committees and I will read his letter.

    "Your letter dated February 02, 2010, on the subject at caption refers.

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    Joint Select Committee Friday, February 05, 2010

    I wish to advise that at a sitting of the Senate held on Tuesday, February 02, 2010,

    the Senate agreed to the under-mentioned resolutions:

    'Be it resolved that a Bill entitled, 'An Act to provide protection to investors from

    unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, foster fair and efficient capital markets

    and confidence in the capital markets in Trinidad and Tobago, and to reduce

    systemic risk; to co-operate with other jurisdictions in the development of fair

    and efficient capital markets, and for other related matters be referred to a Joint

    Select Committee comprising of six (6) Members of the House together with an

    equal number from the Senate; and that this Committee be empowered to discuss

    the general principles and merits of the Bill along with its details and be

    mandated to report by April 01, 2010.'

    'Be it resolved that the Senate appoint the following six (6) Senators to serve

    with an equal number from the House of Representatives on a Joint Select

    Committee to consider a Bill entitled, 'An Act to provide protection to

    investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices; foster fair and

    efficient capital markets and confidence in the capital markets in Trinidad

    and Tobago and to reduce systemic risk; to co-operate with other

    jurisdictions in the development of fair and efficient capital markets and for

    other related matters.'

    Mr. Conrad Enill

    Mr. John Jeremie SC

    Mr. Mariano Browne

    Mr. Wade Mark

    Dr. Sharon-ann Gopaul-McNicol

    Mr. Subhas Ramkhelawan

    Accordingly, I respectfully request that you cause this matter to be placed

    before the House of Representatives at its earliest convenience.

    Respectfully,

    Sen. The Hon. Danny Montano

    President of the Senate"

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    Sessional Select Committees February 05, 2010

    SESSIONAL SELECT COMMITTEES

    (APPOINTMENT OF)

    Mr. Speaker: Hon. Members, in accordance with Standing Order 71(2), I

    hereby appoint the Sessional Select Committees of the House of Representatives

    for the Third Session 2010.

    Standing Orders Committee

    Mr. Barendra Sinanan Chairman

    Ms. Christine Kangaloo Member

    Mr. Colm Imbert Member

    Miss Donna Cox Member

    Mr. Harry Partap Member

    Miss Mickela Panday Member

    Mr. Nizam Baksh Member

    House Committee

    Mr. Colm Imbert Chairman

    Ms. Pennelope Beckles Member

    Mr. Roger Joseph Member

    Mr. Junia Regrello Member

    Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar Member

    Mr. Chandresh Sharma Member

    Committee of Privileges

    Mr. Barendra Sinanan Chairman

    Ms. Pennelope Beckles Member

    Mr. Colm Imbert Member

    Mrs. Christine Kangaloo Member

    Mr. Stanford Callender Member

    Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar Member

    Dr. Roodial Moonilal Member

    Dr. Tim Gopeesingh Member

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    Sessional Select Committees Friday, February 05, 2010

    Regulations Committee

    Mr. Barendra Sinanan Chairman

    Mr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid Member

    Mr. Rennie Dumas Member

    Mrs. Indra Sinanan Ojah-Maharaj Member

    Mr. Chandresh Sharma Member

    Mr. Winston Peters Member

    SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE (AMDT.) BILL

    A Bill to amend the Supreme Court of Judicature Act, Chap. 4:01, brought

    from the Senate [The Attorney General]; read the first time.

    ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

    The Minister of Works and Transport (Hon. Colm Imbert): Mr. Speaker,

    the Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment is unavoidably absent;

    she is under the weather. However, I will answer all three questions on her behalf.

    Housing Development Corporation

    (Engagement of EVOLVE Partners LLC)

    1. Dr. Keith Rowley asked the hon. Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment:

    With respect to the engagement of the consulting firm, EVOLVE Partners LLC,

    to provide change management services, would the Minister state:-

    (a) When was this firm first introduced to and engaged by the Housing

    Development Corporation (HDC)?

    (b) What is the date of the first signed contract with this firm and when

    did they commence work for the HDC?

    (c) What are the details of the procurement process which was involved

    in the sourcing and contracting of this company?

    The Minister of Works and Transport (Hon. Colm Imbert): Mr. Speaker,

    regrettably, I will not be able to answer supplementals.

    In November 2007, with the advent of the Ministry of Planning, Housing and the

    Environment, it became clear that while during the transition from the National

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    Oral Answers to Questions February 05, 2010

    Housing Authority (NHA) to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), some

    progress had been made, the HDC still faced some of the challenges that had

    plagued the NHA, including project cost and time overruns. In addition, it was

    realized that the HDC's strategic plan developed from a previous consultancy was

    yet to be implemented.

    In December 2008, the EVOLVE Partners LLC was engaged by the HDC to

    provide change management services intended to facilitate the following:

    • enhancing performance levels,

    • building and improving the image of HDC,

    • operation efficiency,

    • cost effectiveness.

    with the ultimate objective being the transformation of the HDC into a performance

    driven organization, delivering consistently on its mandate, as articulated in Vision

    2020.

    The first contract with EVOLVE was signed on December 03, 2008. EVOLVE

    commenced work for the HDC two days later on December 05, 2008. This first

    contract period was the foundation phase and ended in April 2009.

    The Minister is advised that the HDC invited Mr. Kirk Wellington of the

    Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and EVOLVE Partners LLC to

    submit proposals to the HDC to provide change management services. These two

    parties have proven track records in implementing successful change management

    plans in organizations in Trinidad and Tobago. Interviews were conducted based

    on the proposals submitted and the selection made based on which plan best met

    the needs of the HDC.

    EVOLVE Partners LLC

    (Work to be Done)

    2. Dr. Keith Rowley asked the hon. Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment:

    With respect to the EVOLVE Partners LLC, could the Minister state:

    (a) What were the terms of reference of the work to be done by this

    company;

    (b) What is the cost of the contract, how much money has been paid as

    at December 31st 2009 and what amounts are still outstanding; and

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    Oral Answers to Questions Friday, February 05, 2010

    (c) What specific results have been produced from the award of this

    contract?

    The Minister of Works and Transport (Hon. Colm Imbert): The terms of

    the EVOLVE team was to help the HDC address its performance issues in a way

    that assures the achievement of the business targets in the short term, and to coach

    the HDC staff through implementation of new processes and practices to build

    new skills to l

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