Select Committee Business: 22 March to 28 March
Select Committee Business
From 22 March to 28 March 2002
There were 18 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex.
(available at http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/cgi-bin/select-reports)
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
- Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Bill (121-2)
- 2000/01 financial review of Transpower New Zealand Limited
- Interim report on complaints relating to the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2001, and investigation into Identity Services regulations
- Interim report on an investigation into the Gaming and Lotteries (Licence Fees) Amendment Regulations 2001
- Activities of the Regulations Review Committee during 2000 (I. 16I)
Finance and Expenditure
- 2000/01 financial review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
- 2000/01 financial review of the New Zealand Railways Corporation
- Petition 1999/160 of Glynmor Trevor Thomas
- Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill (175-2) and Supplementary Order Paper No 231
- 2000/01 financial review of the Auckland District Health Board
Law and Order
- Criminal Investigations (Blood Samples - Burglary Suspects) Amendment Bill (95-1)
- Petition 1999/229 of Dan Gordon and 9369 others
- 2000/01 financial reviews of Housing New Zealand Limited and the Housing Corporation of New Zealand
- Briefing from the Ministry of Social Development on The Social Report 2001
- Briefing from the Department of Labour Community Employment Group on community employment programmes
Bills referred to select committees
No bills were referred.
(for further information on an item, please contact the committee staff noted in italics)
Commerce (Alan Witcombe, SC-Commerce@parliament.govt.nz)
This week the committee considered the financial review of the 2000/01 performance and current operations of the three State-owned generators. The committee moved on to consider a private bill, the TOWER Trust Limited Bill. The committee also considered the Television New Zealand Bill.
The committee will next meet on 11 April and commence its financial review examination of the New Zealand Tourism Board. The board will appear before the committee giving evidence on performance and current operations. The committee will also hear submissions on the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill and the Consumer Protection (Definitions of Goods and Services) Bill. Further consideration will also be given to the financial reviews of the State-owned generators.
Finance and Expenditure (Julian Kersey, SC-FE@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee met on 26 and 27 March, to consider the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill, the financial reviews of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Railways Corporation, the standard Estimates questionnaire for the 2002/03 Estimates of appropriations, and the petition of Glynmor Trevor Thomas.
On 28 March, the committee reported on the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill, the financial reviews of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Railways Corporation, and the 1999/0160 Petition of Glynmor Trevor Thomas.
Government Administration (Lesley Ferguson, SC-GA@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee met on Thursday, 28 March, to further consider the petition from Tony Swain and 3070 others, which requests the Government abandon plans to close fire stations in the Wellington area and to instead upgrade existing stations in Johnsonville, Khandallah and Newlands. The committee also heard evidence from the Chief Executive of the Building Industry Authority on its 2000/01 financial performance and current operations. This was the first time the authority has appeared before the committee.
At its 28 March meeting, the committee commenced consideration of the Responsible Gambling Bill. The committee will not meet next week.
Health (Matthew Andrews, SC-Health@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee held financial review hearings on Pharmac and the Taranaki District Health Board. It has reported on the financial review of the Auckland District Health Board. The next meeting will be in Christchurch 10 April 2002.
Justice and Electoral (Louise Sparrer, SC-JE@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee met on 27 March to consider its financial review of the Legal Services Agency for 2000/01 and its inquiry into the 2001 local elections. It heard the final oral submission on the inquiry into the 2001 local elections, by teleconference.
The committee’s next meeting will be on 10 April, when it will continue its consideration of the inquiry into the 2001 local elections and the Prostitution Reform Bill. It will also hear evidence from the Legal Services Agency on the financial review of the Legal Services Agency for 2000/01. This item is open to the public from 10.00 am to 11.30 am in Room G.005, Parliament House.
Law and Order (Tracey Rayner, SC-LO@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee met this week on Thursday, 28 March, to consider the Crimes (Publications) Bill and the Criminal Investigations (Blood Samples - Burglary Suspects) Amendment Bill (a member’s bill in the name of Hon Tony Ryall) and the petition of Dan Gordon and 9369 others. The committee presented reports on the latter two items.
The committee’s next meeting is yet to be determined.
Local Government and Environment (Marie Alexander, SC-LGE@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee met on 27 March to hear evidence from the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) as part of the committee’s 2000/01 financial review of the organisation. The committee also continued to hear submissions on the Local Government Bill. Among the submitters were the Porirua City Council, the Upper Hutt City Council, the Wellington City Council, Hutt City and Federated Farmers.
The committee will next meet on 10 April in Christchurch and Dunedin and on 11 and 12 April in Auckland to hear further submissions on the Local Government Bill.
Maori Affairs (Marcus Ganley, SC-MA@parliament.govt.nz)
This week the committee met to consider the Maori Television Service Bill. The committee will next meet on 18 April to further consideration of this bill.
Officers of Parliament (Andrew Beattie, SC-OP@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee met on Thursday, 28 March, to hear evidence from the Auditor-General on the Code of Practice for the Provision of Assistance by the Auditor-General to Select Committees and Members of Parliament.
The committee will next meet on Thursday, 2 May, at 8.00 am to receive a briefing from the Office of the Ombudsmen on the legislative provision for the appointment of Deputy Ombudsmen. The hearing will be open to the public, in Room G.006 Parliament House.
Transport and Industrial Relations (Lyn Main, SC-TI@parliament.govt.nz)
The committee is meeting on Wednesday, 10 April, and Thursday, 11 April, at the Copthorne Hotel, Quay Street, Auckland to hear evidence on the Health and Safety in Employment Bill. The committee is not meeting next week.
Closing dates for submissions
Committees are receiving submissions on the following items with the closing date shown:
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Transnational Organised Crime Bill (28 March 2002)
Responsible Gambling Bill (2 April 2002)
Justice and Electoral
Retirement Villages Bill (26 April 2002)
Te Whanau-a-Taupara Trust Empowering Bill (28 March 2002)
Inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commissions (Te Ohu Kai Moana) (5 April 2002)
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Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 28 March 2002