Business Committee determinations

February 13th, 2013 at 10:55 am by David Farrar

The of basically schedules the business of , within Standing Orders, and has delegated authority to make decisions on various House matters. Because of that, it operates on a consensus basis – ie pretty much all parties agree.

A few interesting decisions today:

  • Agreed, That the time by which the Commerce Committee must report the Regulatory Standards Bill be extended from Thursday, 28 February 2013 to Friday, 28 February 2014. – this indicates ACT’s bill is not fit to progress, but they don’t want it dumped either – playing for time.
  • Agreed, That Dr The Rt Hon Lockwood Smith make a valedictory statement at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 13 February 2013.¬†Will be worth tuning into to. Lockwood has been an MP since 1984.
  • Agreed, That that the sitting on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 be extended from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Thursday, 18 April 2013 for consideration of business to be agreed at a future meeting of the Business Committee. Interesting that so much advance notice is being given. A long way from the days when the Opposition would only be told or urgency the day it occured.
  • Agreed, That, after questions for oral answer on Thursday, 18 April 2013 a debate on Pacific issues will be held. Now, this is unusual. Not often Parliament has a debate on a specific topic not related to a bill. I wonder who put this up.

Also in case you ever wondered how they allocate the questions for oral answer, the current schedule is here. There is also a schedule for general debate speeches.

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4 Responses to “Business Committee determinations”

  1. gazzmaniac (2,306 comments) says:

    So, did they say what is wrong with the Regulatory Standards Bill? I think in principle it is a great idea, and to me it looks like National is playing politics with it to keep their coalition partner happy.

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  2. Trevor Mallard (248 comments) says:

    David there is a conference of Pacific Parliamentarians on 18-20 April in Wellington. The suggestion for a debate came from the Foreign Affairs Committee. No loss of legislative time through the use of extended sitting that morning.

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  3. David Farrar (1,437 comments) says:

    Thanks Trevor. Didn’t realise the two decisions were linked. Will be an interesting debate I hope.

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  4. gazzmaniac (2,306 comments) says:

    Still no answer as to what’s wrong with ACT’s bill.

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