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Weekly Select Committee News Bulletin

4 February 2000 to 11 February 2000

Committee meetings

There were 15 committee meetings, all held in the parliamentary complex.

Reports presented

There were no reports presented.

Bills referred to select committees

No bills were referred.

Changes in committee membership

Nanaia Mahuta replaced Judy Keall on the Education and Science Committee. Joe Hawke replaced Jill Pettis on the Local Government and Environment Committee. Ross Robertson replaced Damien O'Connor on the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.

Committee notes

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

Committee on the Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Bill (Marie Alexander) The committee will meet to hear submissions on the bill on Monday, 14 February and Friday, 18 February in Auckland and on Tuesday, 15 February, Wednesday, 16 February and Thursday, 17 February in Wellington. The committee may complete hearing submissions that week.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (David Sanders, Andrew Fieldsend) The committee will hear evidence on the financial review of the New Zealand Defence Force from 10.45 am to 1.00 pm on Thursday, 17 February.

Health (Nick Aldous, Sharon Woollaston)

The Health Committee decided to extend the deadline for submissions on the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care) Bill, and its companion bill the Criminal Justice Amendment Bill (No.7) until Friday, 17 March 2000. Next Wednesday the committee will conduct the financial review examination of Capital Coast Health Limited and Nelson Marlborough Health Services Limited. The hearing of evidence for each will be open to the public.

Justice and Electoral (Jayne Wallis, Andrew Fieldsend

The committee met for the first time this year on Wednesday, 9 February. One of the responsibilities of this newly established committee is consideration of electoral matters. Therefore, the committee has resolved to conduct an inquiry into the general election. The terms of reference for the inquiry are to examine the law and administrative procedures for the conduct of parliamentary elections in light of the 1999 General Election. The committee has called for submissions from the public, which must bLaw and Order (Tracey Conlon, Tracey Rayner) The committee met on Thursday, 10 February, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. This was the first meeting this year. The meeting was open to the public during briefings from the Department for Courts, Department for Corrections, the New Zealand Police and the Serious Fraud Office.

The committee made a press release stating that late submissions will be accepted on the Arms Amendment Bill (No.2), which is due to be reported back to the House on 30 June 2000.

The committee next meets on Thursday, 17 February, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. The meeting is open to the public during a hearing of evidence from the New Zealand Police on the 1998/99 financial review.

Local Government and Environment (David Bagnall, Malcolm McNamara)

The committee received introductory briefings from the Audit Office, the Department of Internal Affairs and the Local Government Commission. As well as discussing the roles of these offices, the committee also noted a number of important matters arising in the local government area, including substantial reviews of the Local Government Act 1974 and of local government funding powers. These reviews are intended to address fundamental issues such as the powers of local authorities, their role regarding theAt the next meeting (on Wednesday 16 February), the committee will discuss the Wildlife (Penalties) Bill. The Audit Office will return to brief the committee on some recent reports of the Controller and Auditor-General, and an introductory briefing will be received from Local Government New Zealand, which represents the collective of local authorities.

Maori Affairs (Kia Paranihi, Denise Te Karu) The committee elected Willie Jackson as its Deputy Chairperson.

Primary Production (Bob Bunch, April Bennett)

The committee met on Thursday, 10 February, for the first time this year. After an introductory briefing by the Audit Office, the committee was briefed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Fisheries, and Land Information New Zealand about their respective briefing reports for their incoming Ministers. A briefing from the Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Jim Sutton, on the Apple Export Permits Committee followed.

Next Thursday, 17 February, the Audit Office will brief the committee on its report, Information Requirements for the Sustainable Management of Fisheries, Fifth Report for 1999. This will be followed by a briefing from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on Setting Course for a Sustainable Future: The Management of New Zealand's Marine Environment. Both of these briefings are open to the public. The committee will then consider its financial reviews.

Social Services (Tim Cooper, Karen Smyth)

The committee has begun laying the groundwork for a busy period of financial reviews and progress on three bills before it: the Parliamentary Commissioner for Children Bill, the Tattoo (Parental Consent) Bill, and the Student Loans Amendment Bill (No. 6), with a closing date for submissions of 20 April 2000. The bill aims to amend some references in existing legislation to reflect the fact that the Department of Work and Income now administers student loans. It also seeks to confirm that loans to studentTransport and Industrial Relations (Lyn Main, Sue Goodwin) The committee met on 9 February to hear evidence on the 1998/99 financial reviews of Transfund New Zealand, Transit New Zealand and the Maritime Safety Authority. The committee will meet next week to hear evidence from the Land Transport Safety Authority and the Ministry of Transport on their 1998/99 financial reviews.

Closing dates for submissions on bills

Committees are receiving submission on the following bills with the closing date shown:

Health

Criminal Justice Amendment Bill (No.7) (17 March 2000) Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care) Bill (17 March 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)

Maori Affairs

Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill (28 April 2000)

Social Services

Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No. 6) (20 April 2000)

General

Government notices of motion have been lodged for the House to appoint the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons for the Commerce, Education and Science, and Government Administration Committees. The committees met at the end of last year but were unable to complete this process themselves.

You can find further information about select committees on our website at www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz. If you require additional information or have any feedback on the contents, please contact:

Carol Rankin

Senior Parliamentary Officer

carol.rankin@parliament.govt.nz

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 11 February 2000.

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