MP's qualifications, including current Lawyers in the Parliament.

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to Parliamentary Service

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Parliamentary Service,

I understand that the Service is not covered under the OIA 1982, found under s2(1). However, it is my hope that you will still be able to provide the below information as you have done so in the past in both my personal and public requests. The Service is held in high regard amongst those who use this site for co-operating in requests for information, promptly.

Could you please provide information on;
1. All qualifications of MP's in the current Parliament. In particular, I would like to know any subjects that MP's studied in/majored in for their degrees. For example, for the Member for Wigram, she holds a PhD, but I would like to know what that PhD is in (I know it's for history, but this is an example of the detail needed, if held).
2. How many current MP's hold an LLB.
3. How many current MP's hold a current practising certificate from the Law Society. I acknowledge that you have answered this question before in the below request but since there is a new Parliament, I would request an updated copy.
https://fyi.org.nz/request/how_many_mps_...

Thank you in advance for your help. It is much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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Good afternoon Liam,

The Parliamentary Information Service (PIS) only has access to publicly available information, and as such, can't provide a definitive answer.

However, we do have (though it is still being updated) a list of qualifications that the PIS have been able to identify through the media. This includes references to education made in in Maiden speeches, or through MP's party biography pages (links to which are available here: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/mpp/mps/c...). As you are probably aware, a qualification is not required for an individual to be a candidate in an election (1.2 Candidate eligibility: http://www.elections.org.nz/becoming-can...) and potentially become an MP - which is probably why qualifications are not disclosed on the Current MPs pages on the Parliament website.

Please find attached the most up-to-date data that we have been able to compile/update since you made this request.

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Parliamentary Information Service,

Thank you for your swift reply.

May I please enquire if you could please provide the data for my third question. As previously stated, you have compiled this information for a request on this site before. I was merely wanting an updated version.

Yours sincerely,

Liam Stoneley

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Thank you for your request. It has been received by the Parliamentary Information Service. This Service responds to information requests from the public which relate to all aspects of the New Zealand Parliament.

We will reply to your request within the next three working days.
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E: [Parliamentary Service request email] W: www.parliament.nz
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Apologies Liam,

 

Please find attached an updated version of the list of current MP's who
hold a practising certificate from the Law Society, in answer to your
third question:

 

3. How many current MP's hold a current practising certificate from the
Law Society. I acknowledge that you have answered this question before in
the below request but since there is a new Parliament, I would request an
updated copy.

[1]https://fyi.org.nz/request/how_many_mps_...

 

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Parliamentary Information Service

Parliamentary Service, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

 

T: [04] 817 9647

E: [Parliamentary Service request email]   W: www.parliament.nz

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