That the Budget Estimates and related papers for the financial year 2004-2005
presenting the amounts to be appropriated from the Consolidated Fund be
referred to the General Purpose Standing Committees for inquiry and report.
That the committees consider the Budget Estimates in accordance with the
allocation of portfolios to the committees.
For the purposes of this inquiry any member of the House may attend a meeting
of a committee in relation to the Budget Estimates and question witnesses,
participate in the deliberations of the committee at such meeting and make a
dissenting statement relating to the Budget Estimates, but may not vote or be
counted for the purpose of any quorum.
The committees must hear evidence on the Budget Estimates in public.
Not more than 2 committees are to hear evidence on the Budget Estimates
When a committee hears evidence on the Budget Estimates, the Chair is to call
on items of expenditure in the order decided on and declare the proposed
expenditure open for examination.
The committees may ask for explanations from Ministers in the House, or
officers of departments, statutory bodies or corporations, relating to the
items of proposed expenditure.
The report of a committee on the Budget Estimates may propose the further
consideration of any items.
That a daily Hansard record of the hearings of a committee on the Budget
Estimates be published as soon as practicable after each day’s proceedings.
That the Leader of the Government is to provide to each Committee, by 6 July
2004, a schedule outlining the attendance of relevant ministers to appear
before each committee, for the committee’s consideration.
The committees may hold supplementary hearings as required.
The committees present a final report to the House by the last sitting day of
the second sitting week in 2005 put and passed.