Role of Officials at Committee of the Whole House

Assist Minister

  • Questions
  • SOP’s

Who needs to be there?

  • Policy
  • Operations
  • Legal
  • Continuity
  • Decision makers

Preparation

  • Listen / Listen / Listen
  • Continuity throughout process (policy formulation, drafting of Bill, stages in House and before the Select Committee)

Questions – Ministerial discretion SOPs

  • Opposition
  • Friends?
  • 24 Hour rule
  • Financial Veto

Challenges

  • Extreme time pressure
  • Understanding implications
  • Decision Making
  • Credibility with Minister

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