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Speaker's procession to the House, which occurs each sitting day. Photo: Parliamentary Service Collection.

7 February 2011
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Parliament resumes on 8 February 2011

Parliament will resume sitting on Tuesday, 8 February at 2 p.m.

The business programme will begin with the debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement. Under the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, on the first sitting day of the year the Prime Minister must present a statement reviewing public affairs and outlining the Government’s legislative and other policy intentions for the next 12 months. At 2 p.m. the Prime Minister will move a motion relating to the statement. Members then debate the statement. The debate, which has a time limit of 15 hours, is taken ahead of all other Government orders of the day.

There will be no question time on the first sitting day.

All business currently before the House is listed on the Order Paper. To see the Order Paper go to the related links on this page. You can also find assistance on how to read the Order Paper.

To see the current status of any bill before the House you can view the Progress of legislation schedule of bills.

The House is broadcast live on Radio New Zealand’s AM Network. Parliament TV is broadcast on Freeview 22, on Sky 94, and on TelstraClear 94. It is also available as a webcast.