THE SENATE

 
 

The Senate comprises 21 members. These members are appointed by the following process:

12:- by the Prime Minister

07:- by the Governor-General at his discretion to represent various interests in the community such as religious, economic, social or other such interests as he thinks ought to be represented; and

02:- by the Leader of the Opposition.

Senators may also be appointed as Ministers or Parliamentary Secretaries. The Senate meets chiefly when there is business from the House of Assembly.

The Presiding Officer of the Senate is the President. He sometimes performs the functions of the office of Governor-General where the Governor-General is away from his post.

The Senate is referred to as the Upper House.

Highlights of the Senate

The Senate Chamber features a fine oval mahogany table which is part of the original furniture of the Chamber.

The stained-glass-windows in the Senate feature the Coats-of-Arms of former Speakers of the House and Presidents of the Legislative Council which preceded the Senate.

The Chandeliers are made of Waterford Crystal and were a joint presentation by Lord Wedgwood of Barlston, England and Mr. Geoffrey Cave of Cave Shepherd, our main department store, to the people of Barbados for the 350th Anniversary of Parliament in 1989.


Presidents of the Legislative Council

 
 

John Brathwaite

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1813

John S. Gaskin

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1835

Grant E. Thomas

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1847

Sir T. Graham Briggs. Bart.

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1876

Sir George C. Pile

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1882

W.P. Leacock

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1906

Sir W.K. Chandler

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1912

Sir J.R. Phillips, O.B.E.

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1928

Sir G.L. Pile, C.B.E

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1938

Sir John Hutson, O.B.E., V.D., M.B., C.M., D.H.P.

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1942

S.C. Thorne

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1944

Sir D.C. Leacock

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1947

Sir J.D. Chandler

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1950

Sir H.A. Cuke, C.B.E

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1956

Sir H.G. Masiah, C.B.E., M.B., C.M.

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1956-1963

     
Presidents of the Senate    
     

Sir H.G. Massiah, K.B.E., M.B., C.M.

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1964-1966

The Hon. Sir E. Stanley Robinson, C.B.E.

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1966-1974

The Hon. Sir J.E. Theodore Brancker, Q.C., F.Z.S.

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1971-1976

The Hon. Sir Arnott S. Cato, K.A., K.C.M.G.

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1976-1986

The Hon. Sir Frank L. Walcott, O.B.E., LL.D.

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1986-1992

The Hon. Marcus deL. Jordan

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1992-1994

His Hon. Senator Sir Fred Gollop, K.A.

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1994-2008

His Hon. Senator Dr. Branford M. Taitt.

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2008- February 2012

Her Hon. Senator Kerryann F. Ifill.

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March 2012 - 2013; 2013- present


     
 
     
 
Announcements
  • The Honourable The Senate Thirtieth Sitting Live Broadcast on 12th November at 10.00 am.
Bills before the Senate
  • Nil