13 Oct 2010

Question Time for 13 October 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 13 October 2010

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was the net present value at Crown cost of capital of any offer presented to the Crown in respect of the recapitalisation of South Canterbury Finance, either on or following 31 August 2010? 2. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon SHANE JONES to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with ACT leader Rodney Hide's statement on Radio New Zealand this morning in relation to ACT's amendment to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to explicitly prohibit Māori with customary title from charging fees for access to coastal areas: "I have an e-mail here from the Attorney-General's office saying that they would support such a provision in the bill - that is to say I've got that in writing"? 4. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has the Government made on its key environment and resource management policies? 5. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Can he confirm that the largest portion of economic benefit coming from rail projects, such as the Auckland network electrification and the Onehunga branch line, are time savings for road users? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement in relation to health funding that "the important thing is not how much extra money they're getting - it's what extra services you are getting as a taxpayer"? 7. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made by Police following the introduction of new legislation allowing them to seize the proceeds of crime? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Land Information: Will the changes to overseas investment rules mean he will decline more overseas purchases of New Zealand farm land? 9. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the Office of the Children's Commissioner's recent report into Children in Care, that priority should be given to research focused on the needs of Māori tamariki and rangatahi in the care system, and if so, what action is she intending to take to implement the report's recommendations? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: What reports or advice has he requested on the impact on New Zealand's community housing sector of the Charities Commission's decision to deregister the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust from September this year, and what does he believe that impact will be? 11. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received on seizures Customs has made of methamphetamine being imported into New Zealand? 12. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Revenue: When the Government introduced legislation to increase GST to 15 percent on 1 October 2010, and tax cuts to take effect from that date, was it the Government's intention that increased costs would be matched by lower taxes and/or other forms of compensation?