23 Nov 2010

Question Time for 23 November 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:29 pm on 23 November 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What factors were identified by Standard and Poor's that led to them placing New Zealand's sovereign credit rating on negative watch? 2. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Attorney-General: Is it the Government's intention to notify local residents that the Minister responsible is considering an application to grant iwi customary marine title over the foreshore and seabed of their local beach; if so, will the procedure for that notification be set out in the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill? 3. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 4. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all her statements on early childhood education? 5. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent developments have there been in response to the kiwifruit disease Psa? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Are all communities his priority for better, sooner, more convenient health care? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Commerce: What recent steps has the Government taken to enhance cooperation and coordination between New Zealand and Australian competition regulators? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for the Environment: What measures, if any, have been put in place by which to assess the performance of the commissioners appointed to replace the elected Canterbury Regional Council? 9. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What benefits will be realised from the merger between Lincoln University and Telford Polytechnic? 10. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment, in relation to claims that investors are able to sue governments for breaches of free trade agreements, that such claims are "far fetched"? 11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement made during the first reading of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) that "it's not intended" that the bill remove the requirement for carers at limited attendance centres to have police checks? 12. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: Has she seen reports that secondary school teachers and principals say that some classes can get as large as 40, and what is the best practice advice about the relationship of class size to learning outcomes?