Judith Collins MP - National Party Welfare Spokeswoman
29 November 2005
Benson-Pope must do his job
National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says David Benson-Pope can't avoid his Ministerial responsibilities
"I've been informed today that Mr Benson-Pope will not be available to face questions at the Social Services Select
Committee next Wednesday. No excuse has been offered.
"I am disappointed that Mr Benson-Pope is not prepared to front up and answer questions about a big-spending Ministry
that consumes a large chunk of government revenue.
"Financial reviews are extremely important and if this Minister isn't prepared to be accountable then he should move
aside for someone who is."
Mr Benson-Pope's failure to attend next week's select committee follows on from his no-show in Parliament last week to
answer questions about a police report into historic assault allegations.
"Mr Benson-Pope should be taking this opportunity to show the public that he is back in the saddle and earning his
ministerial salary. Unfortunately, he has missed his opportunity," says Ms Collins.