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Select Committee Business

21 January 2000 to 28 January 2000


Committee meetings

There were five committee meetings, all held in Parliament House.

Reports presented (1)

Local Government and Environment Committee 1996/933 Petition of Ian Clifford Walker

Bills referred to select committees No bills were referred.

Committee notes (for further information on an item, please contact the committee staff noted in italics)

Committee on the Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Bill (Marie Alexander) The committee met on 27 January to start hearing submissions on the bill. Submissions will be heard in Wellington over the next two weeks and in Auckland on 14 February.

Finance and Expenditure (Graham Hill) The committee has referred a total of 142 financial reviews for 1998/99 of government departments, offices of Parliament, State enterprises and Crown entities to the various subject select committees. Those relating to government departments and offices of Parliament must be reported back to the House by 6 April. The others are due to be reported back within six months of the day their annual reports were presented.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (David Sanders) The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 10 February.

Maori Affairs (Kia Paranihi, Denise Te Karu) The committee is not scheduled to meet until Thursday, 10 February when it will be briefed by the Audit Office on two of its reports and also the role and functions of that Office. Consideration on the only bills before the committee, Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill and the Maori Purposes Bill is planned to take place at later dates. The submissions closing date on the Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill has yet to be set.

Regulations Review (Shelley Banks, Fiona McLean) The committee will next meet on Wednesday, 9 February from 8.30 am to 9.15.am.

Social Services (Tim Cooper, Karen Smyth) Five financial reviews have been referred to the committee. These are the Ministry of Housing, Department of Social Welfare, Department of Work and Income, Housing Corporation of New Zealand and Housing New Zealand Limited. Working to a deadline of 6 April for the government departments, the committee will begin planning its work to complete these reviews. The committee has set aside its first meeting on 9 February to receive briefings about its work from committee staff and from the Office of the Auditor-General and about their roles in relation to the committee.

Transport and Industrial Relations (Marie Alexander, Sue Goodwin) On 26 January the committee heard evidence from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission on a petition about the co-ordination of emergency and ancillary services involved in the rescue of survivors of Southern Air Flight 168, which ditched in Foveaux Strait in August 1998. The committee will consider the petition further at future meetings.

The committee next meets on 9 February to hear evidence on the financial reviews of the Maritime Safety Authority, Transfund New Zealand and Transit New Zealand.

Closing dates for submissions on bills Committees are receiving submissions on the following bills with the closing date shown:

Committee on the Bill Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Bill (31 January 2000)

Health Criminal Justice Amendment Bill (No.7) (29 February 2000) Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care) Bill (29 February 2000) Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill (No.4) (29 February 2000)

Justice and Electoral Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill (25 February 2000) Legal Services Bill (25 February 2000) Statutes Amendment Bill (No. 7) (25 February 2000)

Law and Order Crimes Amendment Bill (No. 6) (3 March 2000).

General

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Carol Rankin Senior Parliamentary Officer

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