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APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Speaker of the House of Representatives (M78)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Speaker of the House of Representatives

Overview of the Vote

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is responsible for appropriations in Vote Office of the Clerk for the 2016/17 financial year. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is the principal permanent officer of the House and carries out the functions required of the Clerk specified in section 3 of the Clerk of the House of Representatives Act 1988 (the Act). While the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives is responsible for administering the Vote, the Office's primary purpose is to assist the Clerk in carrying out those functions specified in section 3 of the Act.

Total appropriations in Vote Office of the Clerk for 2016/17 cover the following:

  • a total of just over $19 million for the provision of secretariat services for the House of Representatives, including professional advice and services designed to assist the House in the fulfilment of its constitutional functions and to enable participation in, and an understanding of, parliamentary proceedings
  • a total of just over $3.500 million for capital expenditure
  • a total of just over $3 million over three years for Inter-parliamentary Relations. This appropriations is limited to delivering services to improve relations between the New Zealand Parliament and other parliaments, including establishing and implementing an annual programme of incoming and outgoing visits, assisting to build the capacity of the Pacific Island parliaments, supporting the New Zealand parliament's contribution on global issues at international parliamentary organisations and hosting international parliamentary conferences.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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