Dated at Wellington this 27th day of October 2011.
Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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