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Benson-Pope must do his job

Judith Collins MP - National Party Welfare Spokeswoman

29 November 2005

Benson-Pope must do his job

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says David Benson-Pope can't avoid his Ministerial responsibilities forever.

"I've been informed today that Mr Benson-Pope will not be available to face questions at the Social Services Select Committee next Wednesday. No excuse has been offered.

"I am disappointed that Mr Benson-Pope is not prepared to front up and answer questions about a big-spending Ministry that consumes a large chunk of government revenue.

"Financial reviews are extremely important and if this Minister isn't prepared to be accountable then he should move aside for someone who is."

Mr Benson-Pope's failure to attend next week's select committee follows on from his no-show in Parliament last week to answer questions about a police report into historic assault allegations.

"Mr Benson-Pope should be taking this opportunity to show the public that he is back in the saddle and earning his ministerial salary. Unfortunately, he has missed his opportunity," says Ms Collins.

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