27 Oct 2010

Question Time for 27 October 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 27 October 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What trends are evident in the Government's latest financial statements? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: Is he satisfied that all the Government's economic policies contribute to the goal of "clear, credible, ambitious and growth-friendly, medium-term fiscal consolidation"? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What recent progress has he made on catching up with Australia? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Health: He aha ngā rautaki ka kōkuhua ki te whakautu i te pikinga mā te 25 ōrau o ngā kiritaki hei whakararu nei i ngā ratonga aukati peti moni, otirā, tērā pikihanga e 5325 i te tau 2008 ki te e 6673 i te tau 2009; ā, ka whakaae a ia ki tā Barbara Phillips, kaiwhakahaere nō te Manatū Hauora i kī rā "those seeking help are only a small proportion of overall gambling prevalence"? o Translation: What strategies have been introduced to respond to the 25 percent increase in numbers of clients presenting to problem gambling intervention services which rose from 5325 in 2008 to 6673 in 2009; and does he agree with Ministry of Health manager, Barbara Phillips that "those seeking help are only a small proportion of overall gambling prevalence"? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What action, if any, has the Government taken to reduce child poverty in New Zealand? 6. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received on initiatives to improve the safety of prison staff? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why did he continue with his 2010 tax cuts when the Government has a cash deficit of $9 billion? 8. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for the Environment: What actions has the Government taken to avoid unnecessary cost increases for New Zealand householders from excessive regulation? 9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues (International Negotiations): Will New Zealand support a legally-binding agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions at the Cancun climate change conference this December; if not, why not? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What evidence does she have as to the level of understanding of the Government's National Standards system in schools? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Housing: What are the current challenges the Government is facing with social housing? 12. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her Ministry's decision to stop publishing the five Pacific language resource Tupu series and the Samoan language Folauga journals that are used by 33 Pacific bilingual units to provide bi-lingual education to about 1300 primary students throughout New Zealand?