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NZPA via 3 News


The House sits for the first time this year on Tuesday 10 February. At 2 p.m. the debate on the Prime Minister’s statement begins.

The debate is the traditional curtain raiser to the parliamentary year. Up to 2008, the Prime Minister read out a statement that had already been given to party leaders and the media. No departure from the prepared statement was allowed, which could be frustrating for the PM, who could not respond to interjections.  

Now, the statement is presented to party leaders by 10 a.m. and Rt Hon John Key begins the debate by moving a vote of confidence in the Government at the start of a 20-minute speech in the House at 2 p.m.

The leaders of the Labour, Green and New Zealand First parties also have 20 minutes each. Remaining speeches are of ten minutes each, with the entire debate lasting for 11 hours.

The statement outlines the Government’s plans for 2015, so the debate can range widely over all areas of public policy.

Question time will not be held on Tuesday, 10 February, but will take place on Wednesday and subsequent days. On those days, the debate on the PM’s statement follows question time, but can be adjourned so that the House can deal with other Government business.

There will not be a Members’ day until the first Wednesday after the debate on the PM’s statement finishes.


– newzealand.govt.nz

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