Committees

STANDING COMMITTEES

The Maneaba may establish at the beginning of each term more than one Standing Committee and shall assign the function of whatever Standing Committee it wishes to establish and, unless otherwise ordered in these Rules, appoint no less than three and no more than five Members to serve on such Committee for the whole term (and see Rule 68 (1)).


BUSINESS COMMITTEE

(1) At the commencement of the first meeting of a session, the Speaker shall nominate forapproval by the Maneaba the Chairman and not less than three but not more than five Members of the Business Committee which shall be a standing committee of the Maneaba.

(2) The Business Committee shall remain in being for the full session unless earlier dissolved by the Maneaba.

(3) The Business Committee shall perform the duties assigned or referred to it by the Maneaba or under these Rules including the arranging of private Bills, motions and other business on the order paper for sitting days on which private items have precedence over Government business.

(4) A Minister cannot be a member of the Business Committee but may take part in its deliberations and shall have no vote and cannot move any motion or amendment nor be counted in the quorum.


PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

(1) The Speaker shall conduct an election by the Maneaba of three Members of the Public Accounts Committee at the first meeting of each session or at the first meeting after the Members’ 2 years term have expired. The Committee shall be a standing committee of the Maneaba.

(2) A Member may propose the Chairman and Members of the Public Accounts Committee.

(3) The term of the Members of the Public Accounts Committee is to be for 2 years and they shall cease to be Members of the Public Accounts Committee on the election of the new Members or on the dissolution of the Maneaba as the case may be.

(4) The functions of the Committee shall be to make recommendations to the Maneaba aimed at ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and good financial management practices and as provided for under the Constitution. In addition, the committee shall consider and report on any matter in relation to its functions that may be referred to it by the Maneaba. A reference from the Maneaba will take priority over other work of the Committee.

(5) The committee shall focus on matters of substance and report to the Maneaba on each of its inquiries with reasoned conclusions and recommendations.

(6) The Government shall table a report to the Maneaba in response to the recommendations of each report of the Committee on the first day of sitting of the following meeting of the Maneaba.


MANEABA PRIVILEGES COMMITTEE

(1) The Speaker after the election of the Public Account Committee shall conduct the election of the Privilege Committee which shall not exceed five members and which shall be a standing committee of the Maneaba.

(2) A Member may propose the Chairman and Members of the Privilege Committee.

(3) The Committee shall consider and report on any matters referred to it by the Maneaba ni Maungatabu relating to or concerning parliamentary privilege.


SELECT COMMITTEES

(1) All Select Committees shall be appointed on motions approved by the Maneaba and shall consider matters which the Maneaba may refer to such Committees.

(2) A Member wishing to establish a Select Committee shall give notice of the names of the Chairman and Members whom he propose to be Members of the Committee and indicate their agreement to serve on the Committee.

(3) A Select Committee shall, as soon as it has completed considering the matter referred to it, report to the Maneaba thereon and the Committee shall thereon be dissolved.

(4) If a Select Committee is of the opinion that it will not be able to complete consideration of the matter before the end of the session, it shall so report to the Maneaba.