14 Dec 2010

Question time for 14 December 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 14 December 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that by early 2010 New Zealand will be coming out of the recession "reasonably aggressively"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economic outlook and the Government's financial position? 3. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his advice to the House last Tuesday that he accepts former Minister Pansy Wong "made an unplanned and inadvertent mistake"? 4. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What steps have been taken to ensure that the corrections system has better access to world-class innovation and expertise? 5. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Finance: Was it his objective for the National-led Government to deliver a step change in New Zealand's economic performance, and if so, has such a step change been achieved? 6. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What is his response to the finding of the IBM Commuter Pain survey that investment in public transportation is key to reducing congestion and commuter stress? 7. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: In light of his statement of 9 February 2010 that "I worry that there are signs of an emerging underclass in New Zealand", what action has his Government taken to reduce the number of children living in poverty since that statement? 8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made this week on the ultra-fast broadband initiative? 9. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Is he aware of the widespread criticism of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill from both Māori and non-Māori submitters, and does he have confidence that the Bill will provide a durable framework for consideration of foreshore and seabed claims? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is the Government improving transparency of tax-payer funded social services? 11. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the announcement of 10 November regarding neurosurgery services in the South Island will provide a sustainable service? 12. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What progress has been made on the roll-out of the Public Defence Service? Questions to Members 1. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Identity Information Confirmation Bill? 2. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: How many submitters on the Identity Information Confirmation Bill have requested to be heard in person? 3. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 4. Hon PAREKURA HOROMIA to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submitters on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill have requested to be heard in person?