26 Aug 2010

Question Time for 26 August 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 26 August 2010

Questions to ministers 1. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the nature of New Zealand's economic recovery? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many more people were receiving an unemployment benefit in July 2010 than in July 2008? 3. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received related to District Health Boards delivering on the Government's six health targets? 4. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Has he read the report Alcohol and other drug use in New Zealand drivers 2004-2009 by Environmental Science and Research Ltd prepared for New Zealand Police; if so, is he aware that it contains data showing the number of fatalities for drivers with a blood alcohol level above 50mg but below 80mg/100mL? 5. JOHN HAYES to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What announcement has he made today on the rural broadband initiative? 6. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the implementation of the National Standards "The Trustees, who govern schools on behalf of communities and parents, were extremely supportive"? 7. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Justice: Why are the Police, Fire Service and Defence Force bars exempt from liquor licensing requirements? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does he stand by his statement that he is "eager to continue making it easier for businesses and consumers to deal confidently in a fair marketplace" at the Member Forum for Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner Scheme DVD Launch yesterday? 9. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received about the rate of escapes from New Zealand prisons? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the Minister of Labour, who, when asked about someone on the unemployment benefit being referred by Work and Income to a job with a 90-day trial period, said "If they do not want to avail themselves of that job opportunity and that trial period then they do not have to"? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How is Work and Income delivering services to seniors more effectively? 12. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Labour: What situations would be defined as unreasonably withholding consent by an employer under her proposed changes to workers having access to their union in the workplace?