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  1. POSITIVELY PARLIAMENT Parliamentary PublicationsParliamentary Publications

  2. Functions of Parliament • A Review • Provides representation • Provides a Government (Executive Cabinet.)– Government is not Parliament. • Enacts laws • Consents to taxation & public expenditure • Scrutinises Government Parliamentary publications

  3. Parliamentary Publications • Order papers • Hansard • Questions • Journals of the House of Representatives • Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR’s) Parliamentary publications

  4. Order Papers • The agenda of the House for the sitting day. • Prepared each sitting day. • More than one version, provisional, final. • Contain information about items which may be considered each day. • Arrangement changes from day to day. • Not all items will be dealt with in one day. • Business statement lists next week’s business. • Can be found online. Parliamentary publications

  5. Parliamentary Debates (NZPD) Hansard • A record of speeches made in the House, not necessarily all of the business transacted there • Sources: • Knowledge Basket online from 1987 – 2007 for subscribers • On Parliament’s website 2003 onwards • Hard copy-several bound volumes for each Session Parliamentary publications

  6. Hansard- Use & Value • Speeches on Bills • Maiden speeches and valedictories • General debates • Questions Notes • Indexes • Hard copy may be more useful for some information Parliamentary publications

  7. Questions to Ministers • Oral questions-asked any sitting day except when House is in urgency-12 each day • Supplementary questions may be asked. • Questions for written answer • Answers may give statistical, financial & other information • Some answers attached or lodged in Parliamentary Library Parliamentary publications

  8. Journals of the House of Representatives • Not to be confused with the Appendices… • Record an outline of the business but not speeches • Published initially in the Parliamentary Bulletin in an abridged form (votes in committee not recorded). Also published individually with all votes. • Bound volumes for each Parliament • Useful for locating details of older bills, petitions and papers presented • Statistical information Parliamentary publications

  9. Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR) & Parliamentary Papers • A collection of Parliamentary papers which are required, often by statute to be published and tabled in the House. • Examples: Annual Reports of Govt. Depts. & Ministries, Election results, Government responses. Parliamentary Publications

  10. AJHR & Parliamentary Papers • Shoulder Numbers e.g. B6, E9. • A number by which each paper can be identified. • Consists of a letter (A-J) which identifies the category & a number. Parliamentary Publications

  11. AJHR’S Up to 1999 • Annual Reports of government departments • Budget papers • Select committee reports • Law Commission reports • Reports of the Auditor General • Election results • & many more Parliamentary Publications

  12. Changes to the AJHR’s From 1999 - Two sequences of papers • Parliamentary Papers – include most of the papers with the numbers A-H e.g. Annual reports, budget papers, election results, reports of Royal Commissions & others. • Appendices to the Journals – include all select committee reports (I papers) and a new series of Papers relating to the business of the House (J papers) e.g. Register of Pecuniary interests of Members Parliamentary Publications

  13. Parliamentary papers From 1999 • All papers with numbers A – H became Parliamentary Papers (now published annually) • Select Committee reports (I) with a new series of J papers continue as the Appendices to the Journals Parliamentary Publications

  14. Select Committee Reports • Initially published as individual papers (I papers) • Compendia are published each year in 3 volumes: Votes & Estimates Financial Reviews All other reports eg. bills, petitions, inquiries • Not all reports are published in the compendia. If not they will be published as a separate I paper. Parliamentary Publications