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Select Committee Business 15-22 Feb 2002

From 15 February to 22 February 2002

Committee meetings

There were 18 committee meetings, two of which were outside Wellington. One committee also went on a site visit.

Reports presented (9)

Local Government and Environment

- 2000/01 financial review of the Department of Conservation

- 2000/01 financial review of the Ministry for the Environment

Commerce

- Petition 1996/764 of Margaret Lina Dart and 9 others and Petition 1996/2066 of Tony Richards and 2926 others

- Petition 1996/1880 of Robert Burke and 2774 others

Justice and Electoral

- 2000/01 financial review of the Ministry of Justice

Maori Affairs

- Petition 1996/1630 of Kathleen Hemi QSM and the Ngati Apa Ki Te Waipounamu Trust, Te Atiawa Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust, Te Runanga o Ngati Kuia Trust, Ngati Rarua Iwi Trust, Te Runanga o Rangitane o Wairau Incorprated and Ngati Tama Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Trust

Education and Science

- 2000/01 financial review of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

- International treaty examination of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime; the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking of Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime; and the Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime

Health

- 2000/01 financial review of the Ministry of Health

Bills referred to select committees

The Customs and Excise Amendment Bill (No 4) was referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.

The Statutes Amendment Bill (No 2) was referred to the Government Administration Committee.

Committee notes

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

Education and Science (Louise Gardiner, SC-ES@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday. It heard evidence on the 2000/01 financial review of Specialist Education Services. Issues discussed included the disestablishment of the service and its integration into the Ministry of Education, SES’s performance and operations during the past 18 months, and the termination of Celia Lashlie’s contract in 2001.

The committee received a briefing on the National Education Monitoring Project (based at the University of Otago) from the project’s directors Terry Crooks and Lester Flockton. The purpose of the project is to get a broad picture of the achievements of representative samples of New Zealand school students at successive points in time so that: trends in educational performance can be identified and reported; good information is available to assist policy makers, curriculum specialists and educators in their planning; and the public can know about trends in educational achievement. Further information about the project can be obtained at http://nemp.otago.ac.nz.

The committee has presented its report on the 2000/01 financial review of the Ministry of Education. The report can be viewed on the Office of the Clerk website.

Next Thursday the committee will hear evidence on the 2000/01 financial reviews of Landcare Research, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Skill New Zealand.

Finance and Expenditure (Julian Kersey, SC-FE@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Tuesday and heard evidence on the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill. The committee met on Wednesday and heard evidence on the Budget Policy Statement 2002 and considered the 2000/01 financial review of New Zealand Post. In addition, the committee met later on Wednesday in Christchurch to hear evidence on the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill. The committee had a further meeting on Thursday to hear evidence on the same bill.

The committee will meet again on Wednesday, 27 February, in Room G.006, Parliament House. It will hear evidence from the Minister of Finance on the Budget Policy Statement 2002. It will also consider the Taxation (Relief, Refunds and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill. The Budget Policy Statement hearing will be open to the public from 10.05 am to 11.30 am. The committee will also meet on Thursday, 28 February, to further consider the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (David Sanders, SC-FD@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met this week to further consider the Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Bill.

The committee also had briefings from Hon Pete Hodgson, Minister for Science, Research and Technology, and Dr Robert Watson, climate change adviser to the United Nations and the World Bank, on the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change. The committee is conducting an international treaty examination on the Kyoto Protocol. Submissions close on 11 March 2002.

The committee has also set closing dates for submissions on the Customs and Excise Amendment Bill (No 4) (22 March 2002) and the international treaty examination of the Amendments to the Australia New Zealand Joint Food Standards Treaty (15 March 2002).

Government Administration (Lesley Ferguson, SC-GA@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee heard evidence from the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission on the operation and financial performance of the Lotteries Commission for the 2001/02 reporting year and current operations.

The committee has called for public submissions on the Statutes Amendment (No 2) Bill. It is an omnibus bill that would make miscellaneous amendments to 28 Acts of Parliament. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 22 March 2002. Please send 20 copies of your submission to Lesley Ferguson, Clerk of the Government Administration Committee, Select Committee Office, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

The committee will not meet next week. It next meets on Thursday, 14 March.

Health (Matthew Andrews, SC-Health@parliament.govt.nz)

On Wednesday the Misuse of Drugs (Classification of “Fantasy’) Order 2001 was referred to the Health Committee. The committee met on Wednesday and considered: the financial review of the Ministry of Health; the inquiry into the adverse effects on woman as a result of treatment by Dr Graham Parry; and the Misuse of Drugs (Classification of “Fantasy’) Order 2001.

Justice and Electoral (Wendy Proffitt, SC-JE@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on 20 February to consider its financial review of the Ministry of Justice for the 2000/01 year, its inquiry into the Law Commission and the Prostitution Reform Bill. The committee presented its report on the financial review of the Ministry of Justice.

The committee will meet next on 27 February to consider its inquiry into the Law Commission, its inquiry into the 2001 local elections and the Prostitution Reform Bill.

Maori Affairs (Marcus Ganley, SC-MA@parliament.govt.nz)

This week the Maori Affairs committee reported on the petition of Kathleen Hemi QSM and the Ngati Apa ki te Waipounamu and others. It also considered the Te Uri o Hau Claims Settlement Bill and the petition of Tama Raymond Nikora.

Next week the committee will further consider the Te Uri o Hau Claims Settlement Bill and receive a briefing from Te Mangai Paho on some recent funding decisions. The committee will also receive a briefing from the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General on this same issue.

The committee recently completed a review of the Office of Treaty Settlements, which has been incorporated into the Justice and Electoral Committee’s financial review of the Ministry of Justice as Appendix 1. This can be found at http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/cgi-bin/select-reports

Primary Production (Bob Bunch, SC-PP@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee had a busy week giving substantial consideration to the Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium) Amendment Bill. The committee heard evidence in Wellington on Tuesday afternoon and evening. It then travelled to Auckland to hear more evidence on Wednesday. On Thursday the committee completed hearing evidence on the bill. In addition the committee considered the Land Transfer and Cadastral Survey Legislation Bill and the inquiry into sustainable forestry management on Thursday.

On Friday, 22 February, the committee conducted a site visit to the Marlborough Sounds to see first-hand the issues involved in the Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium) Amendment Bill.

Next week the committee will consider the issues in the Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium) Amendment Bill as well as the Land Transfer and Cadastral Survey Legislation Bill.

Regulations Review (Andrew Fieldsend, SC-RR@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee did not meet this week. Next Wednesday morning the committee will continue its regular scrutiny of new government regulations, including the Local Electoral Act Commencement Order 2001.

In the afternoon the committee will question officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry about the Dairy Industry (Herd Testing and New Zealand Dairy Core Database) Regulations 2001. These regulations establish a new dairy herd testing regime in the wake of recent changes in the dairy industry. The hearing will be open to the public from 3.15 pm.

The Bus and Coach Association of New Zealand has made a complaint about commercial drivers’ licence fees. The committee has decided to investigate the complaint, which relates to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing and Driver Testing Fees) Amendment Regulations 2001.

Transport and Industrial Relations (Lyn Main, SC-TI@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee is hearing evidence on the 2000/01 financial reviews of Transfund New Zealand and Transit New Zealand at its next meeting on Wednesday, 27 February.

Closing dates for submissions

Committees are receiving submissions on the following items with the closing date shown:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (11 March 2002)

Customs and Excise Amendment Bill (No 2) (22 March 2002)

Amendments to the Australia New Zealand Joint Food Standards Treaty (15 March 2002)

Government Administration

Statutes Amendment Bill (No 2) (22 March 2002)

Local Government and Environment

Local Government Bill (22 February 2002)

Maori Affairs

Maori Television Service Bill (1 March 2002)

Te Whanau-a-Taupara Trust Empowering Bill (28 March 2002)

Transport and Industrial Relations

Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill (1 March 2002)

General

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


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