Did he request that John Judge appear at the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the 2007/08 ACC financial review; if so, when?
If the member is referring to the select committee meeting of 12 March, then the answer is no.
Was he under the impression that Mr Judge had been properly appointed at the time he was asked to go to the committee?
I was aware that there was a reconfiguration of the board of the Accident Compensation Corporation, and that member will be pleased to note that Mr Judge will be appearing before the committee next week.
I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I asked a very specific question. It went to whether Mr Judge had been properly appointed, not whether there had been a reconfiguration.
I was troubled by the member’s question, because it is not a matter of the process of the select committee; the chair of the select committee has no responsibility for whether a chair is properly appointed, and that is why I had difficulty with the member’s question. The chair of the committee responded to the question. I believe that that was reasonable.
I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The point, which I think you probably understand and I think the member understands, is that subsequently it became clear that the person had not been properly appointed. The point that we are trying to get to is when that member became aware of the fact that the chair was, in fact, Ross Wilson and not John Judge at the time the invitation—
That was my point—it is not a point of order. It is irrelevant, because in Parliament the chair of a select committee is responsible for the procedure for matters before a select committee, not for what he or she knew about the Government’s plans.
I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I would remind you of the fact that Speakers’ rulings do indicate a flexibility on this, and, of course, it is at your discretion.
I will just advise the honourable member that the reason why I did not allow a further supplementary question was that the first one was very marginal in terms of being allowed, because, as the Hon Gerry Brownlee pointed out, it is not a matter of responsibility for the chair of the committee.