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Select Committee Business 19 April To 26 April

Committee meetings
There were 11 committee meetings, one of which was outside Wellington. The remaining meetings were in the parliamentary complex.

Reports presented
(available at
„h Television New Zealand Bill (185-2)
„h 2000/01 financial review of the Broadcasting Standards Authority

Finance and Expenditure
„h Annual Plan (discretionary work programme) of the Controller and Auditor-General for the year ending 30 June 2003

Government Administration
„h Petition 1999/203 of Tony Swain and 3070 others
„h 2000/01 financial review of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission

Transport and Industrial Relations
„h 2000/01 financial review of Transit New Zealand

Bills referred to select committees
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Bill (a private bill) was referred to the Education and Science Committee.

Supplementary Order Paper No 264 relating to the Tertiary Education Reform Bill was referred to the Education and Science Committee.

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

Education and Science (Louise Gardiner,
The committee met on Wednesday afternoon to consider the Tertiary Education Reform Bill and Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) 264. The SOP proposes the insertion of a new section in Part 18A of the Education Act 1989 (which deals with a Code of Practice for international students) to impose a statutory obligation on providers of education to international students to pay a levy. The closing date for submissions on the SOP is 8 May 2002. Evidence will be heard on 9 May 2002.

Government Administration (Lesley Ferguson,
The committee has concluded hearing evidence on the Responsible Gambling Bill. It heard evidence in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin. Next week the committee begins a series of meetings to consider the evidence presented to it on the Responsible Gambling Bill. The committee now has until 28 May 2002 to report to the House. The committee received over 500 substantive submissions on the bill along with approximately 1,000 form submissions.

Health (Matthew Andrews,
The committee met this week to conduct financial review hearings of the Lakes District Health Board and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Justice and Electoral (Louise Sparrer,
This week the committee continued consideration of the Prostitution Reform Bill. Next week it will start considering the Retirement Villages Bill. It will hear evidence on this bill from 12 noon to 1.00 pm in Room G.005, Parliament House.

Maori Affairs (Marcus Ganley,
The committee did not meet this week due to Anzac Day. Its next meeting is on Thursday, 2 May, when it will hear further submissions on the inquiry into the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and further consider the Maori Television Service Bill. The committee intends to travel to Gisborne on 6 May to hear further submissions on the same inquiry and to hear evidence on the Te Whanau-a-Taupara Trust Empowering Bill.

Officers of Parliament (Andrew Beattie,
The committee will meet on Thursday, 2 May in Room G.006, Parliament House from 8.00 am to 9.00 am to hear evidence on the legislative provision for the appointment of Deputy Ombudsmen. The meeting is open to the public.

Primary Production (Bob Bunch,
The committee did not meet this week due to Anzac Day. The committee will not meet next week.

Regulations Review (Andrew Fieldsend,
On Wednesday morning the committee met to continue its regular scrutiny of new government regulations. It will meet again next Wednesday morning to further ongoing items of business.

Transport and Industrial Relations (Lyn Main,
The committee has presented its report on the 2000/01 financial review of Transit New Zealand. The report can be viewed on the Office of Clerk website.

The committee heard evidence on the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill at its meeting this week and will continue to do so at its next meeting on Wednesday, 1 May from 10.15 am to 1.00 pm.

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

Education and Science
Supplementary Order Paper No 264 relating to the Tertiary Education Reform Bill (8 May 2002)

Justice and Electoral
Retirement Villages Bill (26 April 2002)


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

Carol Rankin
Senior Parliamentary Officer
ph: 471 9534, fax: 499 0486, or at

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 26 April 2002

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