Functions and powers of the committee
The functions of the Committee are to review and report to the Assembly on:
|the outcomes and administration of the departments within the Committee’s portfolio responsibilities;|
|annual reports of government departments laid on the Table of the House;|
|the adequacy of legislation and regulations within its jurisdiction; and|
|any matters referred to it by the Assembly including a bill, motion, petition, vote or expenditure, other financial matter, report or paper.|
At the commencement of each Parliament and as often thereafter as the Speaker considers necessary, the Speaker will determine and table a schedule showing the portfolio responsibilities for each committee. Annual reports of government departments and authorities tabled in the Assembly will stand referred to the relevant committee for any inquiry the committee may make.
Whenever a committee receives or determines for itself fresh or amended terms of reference, the committee will forward them to each standing and select committee of the Assembly and Joint Committee of the Assembly and Council. The Speaker will announce them to the Assembly at the next opportunity and arrange for them to be place on the notice boards of the Assembly.