21 Oct 2010

Question time for 21 October 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 21 October 2010

Questions to Ministers? 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "it's essential that we reduce New Zealand's vulnerability to future shocks because, as we've seen with the current recession, economic conditions can change extremely quickly"; and, if so, is he confident that all his infrastructure investments reduce our vulnerability to future shocks? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on 18 December 2008, a month after the General Election, that "I want to stress that New Zealand starts from a reasonable position in dealing with the uncertainty of our economic outlook"? ? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What are the consequences of unsustainable increases in public spending that lead to budget deficits getting out of control? ? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much did median weekly incomes for all people from all sources fall in the June 2010 quarter compared to the June 2009 quarter? ? 5. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making in providing more surgery for New Zealanders? ? 6. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that when facing power price increases consumers should "shop around"? ? 7. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been achieved by the Department of Corrections to improve its performance in managing parole and home detention? ? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: Is it her intention that the extended 90-day scheme requires agreement between the parties following bargaining in a fair way? ? 9. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What lessons were learnt from Exercise Tangaroa? ? 10. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Immigration: What advice has he received since 14 August 2009 about the fee and levy discounts available to more than 1,300 Samoan citizen residence applications totalling in excess of $117,000 and whether there was a legal basis for his department's charging regime at the time that the fees were paid? ? 11. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How many applications for funding have been received by the New Zealand 2011 Festival Lottery Fund? ? 12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Education: How will she resource her goal of having 80 percent of schools operating on a fully inclusive basis by 2014? ? Questions to Members? 1. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2)?