11 Dec 2010

House rises earlier after Government concession

10:01 pm on 11 December 2010

Parliament rose earlier than expected on Saturday night after sitting in urgency for much of the day, following a last-minute deal between National and Labour.

Labour had been drawing out the debate on a number of bills, but pulled back after the Government agreed to support police checks on staff at limited-attendance childcare facilities such as creches in gyms and shopping malls.

The Education Amendment Bill would have exempted such facilities from early-childhood licensing standards and thus removed a requirement for police checks.

But Labour put forward an amendment to the Health and Safety Act to keep the checks in place, and Education Minister Anne Tolley says the Government was happy to support it, because it didn't change the main thrust of the bill.