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Cabinet Committees: Terms Of Reference And Members

CABINET COMMITTEES:
TERMS OF REFERENCE AND MEMBERSHIP

CABINET POLICY COMMITTEE (POL) [Weekly]

To consider major policy and strategic issues, including:

· Budget priorities
· Treaty of Waitangi issues
· arts, broadcasting, culture, and heritage issues
· other policy issues referred by the Prime Minister, Cabinet or other committees.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark (Chair)
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Steve Maharey
Hon Phil Goff
Hon Annette King
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Jim Sutton
Hon Trevor Mallard
Hon Pete Hodgson
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon Dover Samuels
CABINET ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (DEV) [Weekly]

To consider policy issues relating to economic development including:
· business and micro economic development issues
· industry, regional development/local economic development issues
· research, science and technology; Crown research institutes (CRIs)
· employment issues
· tertiary education, skills and training issues
· procurement policy
· assistance for exports
· enterprise financing
· small business issues, including compliance costs issues
· local government and Auckland issues.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton (Chair)
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Steve Maharey
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Jim Sutton
Hon Pete Hodgson
Hon Dover Samuels
Hon Paul Swain
Hon Marian Hobbs
Hon Laila Harré
Hon Judith Tizard
Hon Phillida Bunkle
Hon Parekura Horomia
Mr John Wright

CABINET FINANCE, INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
COMMITTEE (FIN) [Weekly]

To consider policy issues relating to the macroeconomic framework and economic infrastructure, and the environment, including:

· macroeconomic framework, including tariff, tax, monetary policy and regulatory issues
· communications and information technology issues, including e-commerce
· State owned enterprises: monitoring
· agriculture, fisheries, customs, forestry, rural affairs
· environment and biosecurity issues
· food safety, including genetically modified food issues
· oceans policy; marine management
· conservation issues
· immigration, settlement and ethnic affairs
· Labour and industrial relations issues*
· energy
· transport and civil aviation issues
· consumer affairs issues


* Other than issues dealt with by the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Employment Relations Bill

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen (Chair)
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Jim Sutton
Hon Pete Hodgson
Hon Lianne Dalziel
Hon George Hawkins
Hon Mark Burton
Hon Paul Swain
Hon Marion Hobbs
Hon Mark Gosche
Hon Judith Tizard
Hon Phillida Bunkle
Hon Parekura Horomia


CABINET SOCIAL POLICY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE (SPH) [Weekly]

To consider social policy and health issues, including:
· health
· disability issues
· accident compensation issues*
· housing
· benefit policy
· education (except for tertiary education)
· children and youth issues
· justice and human rights issues
· crime reduction/prevention, policing and corrections issues
· community and voluntary sector issues
· retirement income and senior citizens issues
· women's affairs.

* Other than issues dealt with by the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on ACC Reforms

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Steve Maharey (Chair)
Hon Phil Goff
Hon Annette King
Hon Trevor Mallard
Hon Dover Samuels
Hon Matt Robson
Hon Lianne Dalziel
Hon George Hawkins
Hon Mark Gosche
Hon Laila Harré
Hon Ruth Dyson
Hon Tariana Turia
Hon Phillida Bunkle

CABINET COMMITTEE ON CLOSING THE GAPS (GAP) [Fortnightly or as required]

To consider policies and oversee the development and implementation of measures to close the economic and social gaps between Maori and Pacific Island people and other New Zealanders.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark (Chair)
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Steve Maharey
Hon Annette King
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Trevor Mallard
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon Dover Samuels
Hon Matt Robson
Hon George Hawkins
Hon Mark Gosche
Hon Laila Harré
Hon Tariana Turia
Hon Parekura Horomia

CABINET EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND DEFENCE COMMITTEE (ERD) [Fortnightly]

To consider external relations and defence issues, including:
· defence
· foreign policy
· development assistance
· disarmament
· international trade
· tourism.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Phil Goff (Chair)
Hon Jim Sutton
Hon Dover Samuels
Hon Matt Robson
Hon Mark Burton

Hon Marian Hobbs

CABINET LEGISLATION COMMITTEE (LEG) [Weekly]

To consider the government's legislation programme, bills, regulations, government responses to select committee reports on inquiries and petitions, and other House business issues.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen (Chair)
Hon Steve Maharey
Hon Phil Goff
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon Matt Robson
Hon Lianne Dalziel
Hon Mark Burton
Mr Rick Barker
Mr Grant Gillon


CABINET APPOINTMENTS AND HONOURS COMMITTEE (APH) [Fortnightly]

To consider key appointments to statutory and other government agencies, Public Service chief executive appointments, and nominations for the New Zealand Royal Honours.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark (Chair)
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Steve Maharey
Hon Phil Goff
Hon Annette King
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Trevor Mallard
Hon Dover Samuels
Hon Mark Burton
Hon Mark Gosche
Hon Phillida Bunkle

CABINET COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE AND ADMINISTRATION (EXG) [Fortnightly]

To consider issues relating to government expenditure and administration, including:
· expenditure control and detailed budget issues
· State sector issues, including state sector information technology and e-government issues
· sport, fitness and leisure issues
· gaming and racing
· internal affairs and civil defence/emergency management issues.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Annette King
Hon Trevor Mallard (Chair)
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon George Hawkins
Hon Mark Burton
Hon Paul Swain
Mr John Wright


AD HOC CABINET COMMITTEE ON ACC REFORMS (ACR) [As required]

To consider policy issues relating to the reform of the accident insurance and compensation system.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen (Chair)
Hon Annette King
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon Laila Harré
Hon Ruth Dyson


AD HOC CABINET COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH (AMH) [As required]

To consider and oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive New Zealand mental health strategy.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Steve Maharey
Hon Phil Goff
Hon Annette King (Chair)
Hon Sandra Lee
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon Lianne Dalziel
Hon Paul Swain
Hon Mark Gosche
Hon Ruth Dyson
Hon Tariana Turia
Hon Parekura Horomia


AD HOC CABINET COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BILL (AER) [As required]

To consider policy issues relating to the development and implementation of the Employment Relations Bill.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Trevor Mallard
Hon Pete Hodgson
Hon Margaret Wilson (Chair)
Hon Matt Robson
Hon Lianne Dalziel
Hon Mark Gosche
Hon Laila Harré

AD HOC CABINET COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY (AIS) [As required]

To consider issues of oversight, organization and priorities for the New Zealand intelligence community and any issues which, because of their security or intelligence implications, the Prime Minister directs be considered by the committee.

Note: This committee will have power to act where operational security considerations so require, subject to any major policy issues or matters about the allocation of additional resources being referred to Cabinet or the Cabinet Committee on Government Administration and Expenditure.

MEMBERSHIP:
Rt Hon Helen Clark (Chair)
Hon Jim Anderton
Hon Dr Michael Cullen
Hon Phil Goff
Hon Margaret Wilson
Hon Mark Burton

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