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TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: PM: Govt followed standing orders / Trinidad Express / Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has spelled out the laws and standing orders to show her Government did not abuse Parliament but was within its right to move a motion and have Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley suspended from Parliament. In her own contribution to the motion of censure against Rowley in Parlia­ment on Wednesday, Per- sad-Bissessar said the move was not reckless and her Government did its research before taking its decision. She noted Section 55 of the Constitution states, “Subject to the provision of this Constitution and to the rules and Standing Orders regulating the procedure of the Senate and the House of Repre­sen­tatives, there shall be freedom of speech, in the Senate and the House of Representatives.” The Prime Minister said the Constitu­tion provides further, the House would regulate its own procedure and while there was freedom of speech, it must be regulated. She added Standing Order 55 (16) of the House of Representatives states: “Nothing in this standing order shall be taken to deprive the House of the power of proceeding against any member, according to any resolution of the House”. She said what the Government did was to ask the House to approve a resolution which was within Standing Order 55 (16). Persad-Bissessar said further, Standing Order 2 (ii) states “in any matter not provided for in these standing orders, resort shall be had to the usage and practice of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, which shall be followed as far as they may be applicable to this House and not inconsistent with the Standing Orders or with the practice of this House”. She explained where this country’s Standing Orders are silent on a matter—the United Kingdom’s regulations are looked to. She noted Chapter 9 of UK’s May’s Parliamentary Practice 23rd edition states the House can always exercise its penal jurisdiction as it is necessary. Persad-Bissessar added the standing orders for motion state clearly under Standing 34 that “subject to the provisions of the Constitution and these Stan­ding Orders, any mem­ber may introduce any bill or propose any motion for debate in the House and the same shall be disposed of in accordance with these Standing Orders”. Previous Article PNM to boycott all Parliament debates

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