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Select Committee Business From 9 to 13 December 2013

Select Committee Business

From 9 to 13 December 2013

Committee meetings

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

Reports presented

Commerce Committee

• Construction Contracts Amendment Bill (97-2)

Finance and Expenditure Committee

• 2012/13 financial review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's Financial Stability Report, November 2013

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee

• International treaty examination of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

• 2012/13 financial review of the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force

Māori Affairs Committee

• 2012/13 financial review of the non-departmental appropriations for Vote Treaty Negotiations

Transport and Industrial Relations Committee

• Employment Relations Amendment Bill (105-2)

Bills referred to select committees

Finance and Expenditure

• Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill (176-1)

Privileges

• Parliamentary Privilege Bill (179-1)

Committee notes

Commerce

The committee did not meet this week.

Education and Science

The committee did not meet this week, and is not expected to meet again this year.

Finance and Expenditure

The committee met on 12 December when it considered the reports from the Controller and Auditor-General, Immigration New Zealand: Supporting new immigrants to settle and work, Inquiry into the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme, Summary: Inquiry into the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme, Department of Corrections: Managing offenders to reduce reoffending, Central Government: Results of the 2012/13 audits (Volume 1) and Public entities in the social sector: Our audit work.

The committee also considered the Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill and set a closing date for the receipt of submissions of Wednesday, 5 February 2014.

The committee also considered the 2012/13 financial review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Financial Stability Report, November 2013 and heard evidence from the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand on the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Monetary Policy Statement, December 2013.

The committee will next meet on 29 January 2014.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

This week the committee heard evidence on the petition of Chris Hipkins and considered the international treaty examination of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

The committee will not be meeting again this year.

Government Administration

The committee met twice this week. On 10 December it considered the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Month’s Paid Leave) Amendment Bill, and on 11 December the committee heard evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs. The committee also considered the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill.

The committee is next meeting on 29 January 2014.

Health

The committee did not meet this week, and will next meet on 29 January 2014.

Justice and Electoral

This week the committee met on 10 December to consider the Judicature Modernisation Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bill.

The committee will next meet on 30 January 2014 to consider the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Ministry of Justice, the Crown Law Office, the Parliamentary Counsel Office, and of selected non-departmental appropriations for Votes Courts and Justice, to consider the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill, and to consider and hear evidence on the Human Rights Amendment Bill.

Law and Order

The committee met on 11 December to hear evidence on the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Department of Corrections and the New Zealand, and to consider the Victim’s Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill.

The committee will meet on 29 January 2014 to consider the 2012/13 financial reviews of the Serious Fraud Office, the New Zealand Police and the Department of Corrections. The committee will also consider the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill.

Local Government and Environment

The committee did not meet this week.

Māori Affairs

The committee met on 11 December to consider the 2012/13 financial review of the Ministry of Maori Development and non-departmental appropriations for Vote Maori Affairs, and the inquiry into determinants of wellbeing for tamariki Māori.

The committee will not be meeting next week.

Primary Production

The committee did not meet this week, and will next meet on 30 January 2014.

Privileges

The committee did not meet this week.

Regulations Review

The committee did not meet this week.

Social Services

The committee met on 11 December to consider the 2012/13 financial review of the Families Commission, the Retirement Commissioner, and the Children’s Commission, as well as its inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services, the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill, and the petitions of Graeme Axford and Vivian Needham. The committee also considered and heard evidence on the Veterans’ Support Bill. The meeting was open to the public during the hearings of evidence.

The committee is not scheduled to meet during the Christmas adjournment.

Standing Orders

The committee did not meet this week.

Transport and Industrial Relations

The committee did not meet this week.

Closing dates for submissions

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

Education and Science

• Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill (19 December 2013)

• Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children (19 December 2013)

Finance and Expenditure

• Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill (5 February 2014)

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

• International treaty examination of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (21 January 2014)

Justice and Electoral

• Harmful Digital Communications Bill (21 February 2014)

• Human Rights Amendment Bill (19 December 2013)

• Inquiry into the 2013 local elections (20 December 2013)

• Judicature Modernisation Bill (21 February 2014)

• Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill (7 February 2014)

Law and Order

• Parole Amendment Bill (17 January 2014)

Local Government and Environment

• Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) (14 February 2014)

Privileges

• Parliamentary Privilege Bill (31 Jan 2014)

Transport and Industrial Relations

• Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) (7 February 2014)

• Land Transport Amendment Bill (14 February 2014)

Submissions can be made online

General

Compiled in the Select Committee Office, Office of the Clerk, 13 December 2013

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