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Inquiry into the Identification, Rehabilitation, and Care and Prevention of Child Offenders—Consideration

Wednesday 5 October 2011 (advance copy) Hansard source (external site)

Sio1. SU’A WILLIAM SIO (Labour—Māngere) Link to this
to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee

Will she call a meeting to consider the Inquiry into the identification, rehabilitation, and care and protection of child offenders; if not, why not?

ShanksKATRINA SHANKS (Chairperson of the Social Services Committee) Link to this

I do not intend to call a meeting.

SioSu’a William Sio Link to this

I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I wonder whether I can prevail upon you. This is the third time that I have had this question—the same question—on the Order Paper. She has answered the first part. I wonder whether you could require her to answer the second part: “why not?”.

SmithMr SPEAKER Link to this

The member raises a fair point of order, actually. It is a primary question and did ask “if not, why not?”. I ask Katrina Shanks to please answer that part of the question.

ShanksKATRINA SHANKS Link to this

I cannot answer that question, as the answer would reveal a confidential decision of the committee.

SioSu’a William Sio Link to this

Has she been advised that a notice of motion to deliberate on the inquiry has been given; if so, what further advice does she need to assist her to make a decision about calling a meeting before the House is dissolved on 20 October?

ShanksKATRINA SHANKS Link to this

I do not intend to call another meeting of the committee at this stage to discuss any business.

SmithMr SPEAKER Link to this

The questioner did not actually ask that. I ask Su’a William Sio to repeat his question, in case it was not heard—repeat it as closely as he can. He asked about a notice of motion to deliberate and what further information the chair felt she needed to act, or something along those lines. Will the member repeat his question, please.

SioSu’a William Sio Link to this

That is right. Has she been advised that a notice of motion to deliberate on the inquiry has been given; if so, what further advice does she need to assist her to make a decision about calling a meeting before the House is dissolved on 20 October?

ShanksKATRINA SHANKS Link to this

With regard to that business before the committee, a resolution has been recorded in the minutes as to when we would sit again. Therefore, it is a confidential committee proceeding.

MallardHon Trevor Mallard Link to this

It still didn’t answer the question.

SmithMr SPEAKER Link to this

It seems to me that an answer to the question has been given. The supplementary question asked whether the chair was aware of a notice of motion, and the chair has confirmed that she is aware of that notice of motion. That is all that she is required to answer in that supplementary question.