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Wednesday, 27 February 1985
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Mr YOUNG (Leader of the House5.25) —I ask leave of the House to amend Notice No. 3 by omitting paragraph (10) and substituting the following paragraph:

Leave granted.

(10) That the quorum of a sub committee be 2 members.


Mr YOUNG —There was a request from the honourable members who participated on the Standing Committee on Expenditure previously that a quorum of the sub-committee be two honourable members. They said it worked successfully. I therefore move the motion as amended:

(1) That a standing committee be appointed to:

(a) consider any papers on public expenditure presented to the House and such of the estimates as it sees fit to examine;

(b) consider how, if at all, policies implied in the figures of expenditure and in the estimates may be carried out more economically;

(c) examine the relationship between the costs and benefits of implementing government programs, and

(d) inquire into and report on any question in connection with public expenditure which is referred to it by the House.

(2) That the Committee consist of 16 members, 8 members to be nominated by either the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House or the Government Whip, 4 members to be nominated by either the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition or the Opposition Whip, 3 members to be nominated by either the Leader of the National Party, the Deputy Leader of the National Party or the National Party Whip, and the Chairman of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts or his nominee who is a Member of the House of Representatives.

(3) That every nomination of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the Speaker.

(4) That the members of the committee hold office as a committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.

(5) That the committee elect a Government member as its chairman.

(6) That the committee elect a deputy chairman who shall perform the duties of the chairman of the committee at any time when the chairman is not present at a meeting of the committee and at any time when the chairman and deputy chairman are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to perform the duties of the chairman at that meeting.

(7) That 6 members of the Committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

(8) That the committee have power to appoint sub-committees consisting of 3 or more of its members and refer to any such sub-committee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.

(9) That the committee appoint the chairman of each sub-committee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chairman of a sub-committee is not present at a meeting of the sub-committee the members of the sub-committee present shall elect another member of that sub-committee to perform the duties of the chairman of that meeting.

(10) That the quorum of a sub-committee be 2 members.

(11) That members of the committee who are not members of a sub-committee may take part in the public proceedings of that sub-committee but shall not vote or move any motion or constitute a quorum.

(12) That the committee or any sub-committee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

(13) That the committee or any sub-committee have power to move from place to place.

(14) That any sub-committee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any sittings or adjournment of the House.

(15) That any sub-committee have power to authorise publication of any evidence given before it and any document presented to it.

(16) That the committee be provided with necessary staff, facilities and resources.

(17) That the committee in selecting particular matters for investigation take account of the investigations of other Parliamentary committees and avoid duplication.

(18) That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

(19) That the committee or any sub-committee have power to consider and make use of the evidence and records of the Standing Committees on Expenditure appointed during previous Parliaments.

(20) That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.