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Select committee business From 24 April to 2 May

Select committee business From 24 April to 2 May 2003 Committee meetings

There were 19 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex.

Reports presented (available at http://www.clerk.parliament.govt.nz/Publications/CommitteeReport)

Education and Science 2001/02 financial review of Early Childhood Development 2001/02 financial review of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology 2001/02 financial review of the Teacher Registration Board Petition 1999/238 of David Benson-Pope

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Stockholm Convention) Amendment Bill (218-2) Petition 1999/156 of John William Urlich Petition 1999/39 of Honourable Sandra Lee and 104,000 others Petition 1999/40 of Praneita Narayan and 305 others Petition 2002/18 of Ruth Dyson

Law and Order Petition 1999/230 of Jenny Marshall and 261 others

Local Government and Environment Resource Management Amendment Bill (No 2) (39-2) Palmerston North Reserves Empowering Amendment Bill (30-1)

Transport and Industrial Relations 2001/02 financial review of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission

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

Commerce (Michelle Malyon, SC-Commerce@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday, 1 May to further its consideration of the Status of Redundancy Payments Bill and heard evidence on the Consumer Credit Bill. The closing date for submissions into the inquiry into the New Zealand electricity industry was extended to 31 July 2003.

The committee will next meet on Thursday, 8 May to consider and hear evidence on the Status of Redundancy Payments Bill and the Consumer Credit Bill. A subcommittee will also meet to further consider the petition of John Dickson.

Education and Science (Angela Van Dam, SC-ES@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Wednesday, 30 April to consider the petition of David Benson-Pope, the 2001/02 financial reviews of the Teacher Registration Board and the New Zealand Teachers Council, the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, and Early Childhood Development. The committee also heard evidence on the inquiry into teacher education.

Next week the committee will meet on Wednesday, 7 May to hear evidence on the inquiry into teacher education and the 2001/02 financial review of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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

The committee met this week to hear the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade present the Government’s submission on the inquiry into New Zealand’s role in international human rights. The committee was also briefed on Status of Forces Agreements treaties. The committee reported on four petitions. These are the petitions of Hon Sandra Lee and 104,000 others on the establishment of the global whale sanctuary; John William Urlich seeking the abolition of PACDAC; Praneita Narayan and 305 others on the crisis in Fiji; and of Hon Ruth Dyson and others opposing the war in Iraq.

Next week the committee will hear the Government’s submission on the inquiry into New Zealand’s political, economic and diplomatic relationship with Latin America, as well as another submission on the inquiry into New Zealand’s international human rights. The committee will also give further consideration to the petitions of Peter Wallace Drummond and of Damien and George Nepata.

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

The committee next meets on Thursday, 8 May to hear evidence on the Petition of Dr George Paterson Barton Vaitoa Sa and 100,000 others requesting that the House of Representatives repeal the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982. The committee is to conduct the hearing of evidence by videoconference, which will allow it to hear evidence simultaneously from petitioners in Auckland, Christchurch and Apia in Western Samoa, as well as from petitioners in Wellington. This event will be the largest videoconferencing exercise that has been attempted by a select committee. It is also the first time that a select committee will hear submissions from the public via live simultaneous video broadcast from multiple locations. The session will be open to the public from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Health (Catherine Parkin, SC-Health@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met this week to continue consideration of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Bill and three financial reviews. It resolved to conduct an inquiry into the exposure of New Zealand defence personnel to Agent Orange and other defoliant chemicals during the Vietnam War and any health effects of that exposure. The committee has yet to determine its terms of reference for this inquiry, or whether it intends calling for submissions.

Next week a subcommittee will meet on Tuesday to consider the inquiry into the health effects of cannabis. The full committee will meet on Wednesday to continue consideration of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Bill.

Law and Order (Tracey Rayner, SC-LO@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Wednesday, 30 April to consider the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill, the Independent Police Complaints Authority Amendment Bill, the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Bill and the petition of Jenny Marshall and 261 others. On Thursday, 1 May the committee presented its report on the petition. The committee next meets on Wednesday, 7 May to hear submissions on both the Independent Police Complaints Authority Amendment Bill and the Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Bill. Hearing times are still being arranged, but it is likely the meeting will start at 8.00 am and finish at approximately 1.30 pm.

The committee is still calling for submissions on the Corrections Bill. The closing date is Wednesday, 21 May 2003. Submissions should be addressed to Tracey Rayner, Clerk of the Law and Order Committee, Parliament House, Wellington.

Local Government and Environment (Marie Alexander, SC-LGE@parliament.govt.nz)

On 28 April the committee reported on the Resource Management Amendment Bill
(No 2). The bill was referred to the committee on 20 March. An instruction from the House stated that the bill was referred for the purpose of the committee receiving a briefing from officials only. This instruction precluded the committee from calling for submissions or hearing evidence.

The committee met on 1 May to continue hearing submissions on the Marine Reserves Bill. On 2 May the committee reported its report on the Palmerston North Reserves Empowering Amendment Bill. The committee is now calling for submissions on the Local Government Law Reform Bill (No 2), part of which relates to dog control. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 20 June.

Maori Affairs (Miles Reay, SC-MA@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee will next meet on Thursday, May 8 to further consider the report of its inquiry into the Crown Forestry Rental Trust.

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

The committee met on Wednesday and Thursday, 30 April and 1 May to hear evidence on the Wool Industry Restructuring Bill and on the inquiry into the administration and management of the scampi fishery.

Next week the committee meets twice. It will hear evidence on the scampi inquiry on Wednesday afternoon, 7 May, and meet in Christchurch to hear evidence on Thursday, 8 May on the Wool Industry Restructuring Bill.

Regulations Review (Michael Wilkinson, SC-RR@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee will meet on Wednesday, 7 May to continue its regular scrutiny of new government regulations. The Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri will give evidence on the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board Order 2002, at 3.30 pm, in Room G.009, Parliament House. This will be open to the public.

Social Services (Graham Hill, SC-SS@parliament.govt.nz)

At its meeting on 1 May the committee received a further briefing from the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Social Development and Statistics New Zealand on measuring employment and unemployment. It also further considered the petitions from John Robert Tonson and others about the rights of children and the actions of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services in proceedings before the Family Court. Next week the committee will visit the Northern Residential Centre at Weymouth in Auckland, the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland and a Ministry of Social Development call centre in Henderson.


Standing Orders (David Bagnall, SC-SO@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Thursday to consider the review of Standing Orders and heard evidence from Hon Peter Dunne on behalf of United Future New Zealand. The committee also considered the review of services provided to select committees. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 22 May.

Transport and Industrial Relations (Kath Henderson, SC-TI@parliament.govt.nz)

The committee met on Wednesday, 30 April and Thursday, 1 May. At these meetings the committee completed hearing submissions on the Land Transport Management Bill and the Road Traffic Reduction Bill and considered the financial review of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.

Next week the committee will meet on Thursday, 8 May. The meeting will be open to the public from 10.00 am to 10.40 am while evidence is heard on the petition of Stuart Lewis and 1,904 others requesting that the House prevents an increase in the proportion of the Accident Compensation Corporation levy paid as part of motor vehicle registration. Later in the meeting the committee will begin consideration of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill.

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

Commerce Copyright (Parallel Importation of Films and Onus of Proof) Amendment Bill (22 May 2003) Radio New Zealand Amendment Bill (22 May 2003) Inquiry into the New Zealand electricity industry (31 July 2003)

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Counter-Terrorism Bill (9 May 2003)

Government Administration New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Bill (30 May 2003) Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3) (30 May 2003)

Law and Order Corrections Bill (21 May 2003)

Local Government and Environment Christchurch City Council (Robert McDougall Gallery) Land Vesting Bill (27 June 2003)
Masterton District Council (Montfort Trimble Foundation) Bill (30 May 2003) Local Government Law Reform Bill (No 2) (20 June 2003)

Primary Production New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority Amendment Bill (No 2) (12 May 2003)

Transport and Industrial Relations Holidays Bill (30 May 2003) Holidays (Four Weeks Annual Leave) Amendment Bill (6 June 2003) Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Bill (14 May 2003)

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 at mailto:carol.rankin@parliament.govt.nz

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 2 May 2003

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