Prime Minister’s Statement At 2pm

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — 10:50 AM

Prime Minister John Key will make a ministerial statement at 2pm on the issue of national security.

The Business Committee has determined this will involve 14 ten minute speeches; allocated to:

•National: 4 speeches
•Labour: 3 speeches
•Green Party: 2 speeches
•New Zealand First: 2 speeches
•Māori Party: 1 speech
•ACT: 1 speech
•United Future: 1 speech.

This will be followed by Question Time and the General Debate.

After this MPs will turn to Member’s bills and return to the committee stage of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill which does not have the support of National and ACT. This means unlike in the previous Parliament it no longer has the numbers to make progress. The Bill’s promoter Sue Moroney has proposed a different version with a more narrow focus in an attempt to win support.

This will be followed by the second readings of the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill, Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill and the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill.

It is unlikely MPs will get to debate on the first reading of the Education (Food in Schools) Amendment Bill. The bill once in the name of former Mana MP Hone Harawira is now sponsored by Metiria Turei. It does not appear to have the support of a majority in the House to be sent to select committee.

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