Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Estimating the cost of new public health legislation

Nick Wilson, Nhung Nghiem, Rachel Foster, Linda Cobiac & Tony Blakely

Volume 90, Number 7, July 2012, 532-539

Table 1. Time allocated to sitting daysa by the New Zealand Parliament, 2001–2010b

Variable Value (SD) Comment
Average annual number of sitting days during 2001–2010, days 80.6 (12.5) Range: 60 to 93 days
Average duration (hours) of a sitting day 5.7 (NA) New Zealand Parliament sitting days are currently scheduled for each Tuesday (6.5 h), Wednesday (6.5 h) and Thursday (4 h)
Average annual duration (hours) of all sitting days 459.4 (NA) Average annual number of sitting days times average duration of a sitting day
Potential annual duration (hours) of all parliamentary time 1722.9 (NA) 260.7 potential days of parliamentary time after deduction of weekends, annual leave (20 days) and public holidays (11 days). The average day was assumed to be 7.5 hours
Proportion (%) of parliamentary time allocated to sitting days 26.7 (4.1) Annual duration of all sitting days as a percentage of the annual duration of all parliamentary time

NA, not applicable; SD, standard deviation.

a The proportion of sitting days was used as a proxy for the proportion of parliamentary resources devoted to law-making.

b Only the 10-year period from 2001 to 2010 was covered since data on sitting days were not routinely collected before 2001.

Source: Personal communication, Natalie Smith, parliamentary service librarian, Wellington, New Zealand, 2011.