Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2011

  • revoked
  • Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2011: revoked, on 1 July 2012, by clause 5 of the Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2012 (SR 2012/155).

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Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2011

(SR 2011/405)

  • Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2011: revoked, on 1 July 2012, by clause 5 of the Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2012 (SR 2012/155).


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This determination is administered by the Parliamentary Service.


Pursuant to sections 20A and 20B(1)(c) of the Civil List Act 1979, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, after taking into account advice and recommendations made by the Parliamentary Service Commission and after consultation with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue and the Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services, makes the following determination.

Determination

1 Title
  • This determination is the Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2011.

2 Commencement
  • This determination comes into force on 27 November 2011.

3 Determination
4 Revocation

Dated at Wellington this 27th day of October 2011.


Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the determination, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This determination, which comes into force on 27 November 2011, determines that the travel, accommodation, attendance, and communications services in respect of members of Parliament are those set out in Parts 1 to 3 of the Directions by the Speaker of the House of Representatives 2011 (the Speaker's Directions 2011). Those services are in addition to the travel, accommodation, and communications services determined in the Parliamentary (Official Inter-Parliamentary Travel Programme) Travel and Accommodation Determination 2007.

This determination replaces the Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination (No 3) 2010, which determined that the travel, accommodation, attendance, and communications services of members of Parliament were those set out in Parts 1 to 3 of the document entitled Directions by the Speaker of the House of Representatives (No 2) 2010 (the Speaker's Directions (No 2) 2010).

The main differences between the Speaker's Directions 2011 and the Speaker's Directions (No 2) 2010 include the following:

  • the term primary place of residence is no longer used in relation to a member of Parliament or a member's child. Eligibility for certain entitlements is defined, instead, by reference to a member of Parliament's (or the member's child's) home base. Where the home base is located will depend on the interpretation of the meaning given to that term in the Speaker's Directions 2011 (see clause 2.4, Interpretation). This affects certain entitlements to the use of rental cars, travel expenses of the Speaker and Leader of the Opposition, accommodation of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, members' Wellington accommodation payments, members' non-Wellington accommodation expense payments, and the travel entitlements of members' children:

  • changes are made to members' entitlements to payments in respect of the accommodation they use when in Wellington on parliamentary business. Members who use continuous accommodation when in Wellington no longer receive payment of the actual and reasonable expenses for that accommodation. This is replaced by payment of an amount equal to the independent market rental assessment of the accommodation or $24,000, whichever is the lesser. That entitlement arises, and is the same, irrespective of whether members own or have any kind of interest in the property they use for their Wellington accommodation. Clause 3.32(2) of the Speaker's Directions (No 2) 2010, which relates to mortgage repayments and capital improvements, is therefore not carried forward. Members who use non-continuous accommodation are entitled to payment of their actual and reasonable expenses up to an amount of $160 per night, if the accommodation is in commercial premises, and $50 per night, if the accommodation is in non-commercial premises:

  • members are entitled to claim for vehicle-related operating expenses such as road tolls and parking expenses when travelling by private car on parliamentary business. This is additional to the mileage done, at a rate agreed by the Department of Inland Revenue, allowed under the Speaker's Directions (No 2) 2010:

  • members' entitlements to communications services are substantially amended, reflecting developments in communications technology:

  • members' entitlements to support staff are simplified by defining them according to 1 unit of measure only, namely a total number of hours of support from staff per year, for use in or out of Parliament:

  • changes are made to the amounts allocated from party and member support funding for individual member support. Under the Speaker's Directions (No 2) 2010, the annual allocation amount for a constituency member of a Maori electoral district of more than 10 000 square kilometres in area, or for a constituency member of a general electoral district of more than 20 000 square kilometres in area, was $105,192. For each other constituency member the amount was $64,260. Under the Speaker's Directions 2011, there are 2 categories of constituency members. The annual allocation amount for a member of a large constituency (defined as an electoral district of more than 12 500 square kilometres) is $85,500 and for each other constituency member it is $64,260. There is no change to the annual allocation amount for list members, which is $40,932:

  • following a general election, new members of Parliament (candidates for initial election) are able to access party and member support funding allocations in the same way as returning members of Parliament (candidates for re-election).

The Speaker is required, by section 20B(3) of the Civil List Act 1979, to ensure that a copy of the Speaker's Directions 2011—

  • is available for inspection free of charge, or for purchase at a reasonable price, at Parliament House in Wellington and at any other place or places that he or she appoints:

  • is published on the Internet.

The document is published on the New Zealand Parliament Internet site at http://www.parliament.nz


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 3 November 2011.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2011. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the determination as at 1 July 2012, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions that cannot be compiled in the reprint are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order. For more information, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/reprints/ .

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)
  • Parliamentary Travel, Accommodation, Attendance, and Communications Services Determination 2012 (SR 2012/155): clause 5