8 Sep 2010

Question Time for 8 September 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:53 pm on 8 September 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: How is the Government helping households and businesses affected by the Canterbury earthquake? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statements that after the Government's tax changes, including the increase to GST, "the vast bulk of New Zealanders will be better off" and "If the Government cannot achieve that, we would not increase GST"? 3. DAVID GARRETT to the Attorney-General: Where in the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill is it guaranteed that access to beaches held under customary title will be free? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Did the Government minimise the cost to the taxpayer of the bail-out of South Canterbury Finance; if so, how? 5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: How will the Government ensure community involvement in decisions around the rebuilding of Christchurch? 6. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement in relation to her funding reductions for some Early Childhood Education centres, "I think it is unlikely that most centres will pass on those costs, because they are able to change their staffing, they are able to change their services - they are able to do a number of things in order to make those changes"? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Civil Defence: What is the update on civil defence and emergency management operations in Canterbury? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: How many letters and emails has she received from school Board of Trustee representatives since she told the House on 24 August 2010 that members of the New Zealand School Trustees Association are "extremely supportive of National Standards" that expressed support for the current National Standards and how many have expressed concern about the National Standards? 9. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What updates has the Minister received on damage caused by the Canterbury earthquake to the region's transport infrastructure? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he believe that New Zealanders who have concerns about overseas ownership of New Zealand land are racist? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Housing: What actions has Housing New Zealand taken to assist its tenants following the Christchurch earthquake? 12. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: When he said that not enough New Zealand research has been done to justify a reduction in the blood alcohol level for drivers, had he read the report entitled the Review of effectiveness of laws limiting blood alcohol concentration levels to reduce alcohol-related road injuries and deaths, which draws on New Zealand data?