8 Dec 2010

Question Time for 8 December 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 8 December 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the "vast majority" of New Zealanders will be "better off" as a result of the tax switch? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to improve its financial performance? 3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "our tax cuts have been good for economic growth and fair for New Zealanders"? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent changes have been made by Work and Income for people on unemployment benefits? 5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What further progress has been made on rolling out faster broadband around New Zealand? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Will he act to prevent the closure of health services in Taihape? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made regarding the four-year, $24 million bowel cancer screening pilot announced in this year's budget? 8. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Why is he not supporting public hearings for submissions on the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service Amendment Bill? 9. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her answer to my question in the House on 24 November about whether Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard was correct when he confirmed to the Law and Order Committee that, as at September 2010, the current Government had contributed just 30 new police officers nationwide since it came into Government, "That is not, in fact, what Deputy Commissioner Rickard said."? 10. HILARY CALVERT to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement "the focus will be on finding the best balance of customary rights and the interests of the wider public", and what concerns, if any, has he raised with the Attorney-General over the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Did he approve Pansy Wong having private time on any of her ministerial trips to China and did her husband accompany her on any of those trips? 12. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What has the Government done to encourage private philanthropy in the cultural sector?