18 Nov 2010

Question Time for 18 November 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 18 November 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: What signs of progress, if any, is he seeing of the economy rebalancing from borrowing and consumption to savings and exports? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she seen on the impact of the recent GST increase on low-income families? 3. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent announcements has the Government made in relation to the kiwifruit disease Psa? 4. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with progress in achieving his health policy? 5. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Transport: What progress is being made on the Tauranga Eastern Link Road of National Significance? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: When she said "New Zealand streets are safer with the addition of 384 extra frontline police officers deployed since December 2008", how many of those 384 new police officers were part of the third tranche of 407 police officers that the previous Labour Government had funded for deployment within the 2008/09 year? 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Conservation: What is the Department of Conservation doing to provide renewable energy to remote areas of public conservation land? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What advice, if any, has she received on the possible consequences that labour law changes proposed in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2) and the Holidays Amendment Bill will have on women? 9. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Customs: What information has he received on the success of SmartGate? 10. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Broadcasting: What is the one major achievement in broadcasting he would most like to celebrate? 11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: When he reportedly told Kevin Rudd that New Zealand would take a strong line opposing Japanese whaling this year in New Zealand's search and rescue zone, can he explain what he meant by a strong line? 12. Dr RAJEN PRASAD to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs: What will be the effects of the proposed relocation of the Office of Ethnic Affairs to tier-three in the new structure for the Department of Internal Affairs on the services it currently provides to ethnic communities? Questions to Members 1. HILARY CALVERT to the Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill?