Members Day

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — 10:35 AM

An opposition party MPs Members Bill will today make progress after the Government indicated it will support it.

After Question Time and the General Debate, MPs are scheduled to return to the interrupted debate on the second reading of the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill will continue.

The Bill’s sponsor Tracey Martin received support for the move to ensure a small clothing allowance to be given to orphans no matter whose guardianship they go under. She said it was unfair orphans who went to live with other members of their wider family did not get the allowance when the allowance was paid when they were fostered out.

National would support the bill as it aligned with the Government’s aims to fix an anomaly in welfare support, though the move will be phased in.

MPs will then return to the interrupted first reading debate on the Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill with one speech left before a vote. This will be followed by the first readings of the Electronic Data Safety Bill and the Education (Food in Schools) Amendment Bill.

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