17 Aug 2010

Question time for 17 August 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:04 pm on 17 August 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that by March 2010 New Zealand will be coming out of the recession "reasonably aggressively"? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for ACC: Does he stand by his statement on Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme of 12 August 2010 "I'm not satisfied that ACC has handled the issue of counselling services for sensitive claims that well. I'm going to await the final report from the independent clinical panel before drawing final conclusions."; if so, why? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he aware that a recent study of GP consultations in New Zealand revealed that opportunities for discussion about the misuse of alcohol and other drugs were not acted upon in one quarter of the consultations and what steps will the Government take to address the service gaps in treatment services identified by the Law Commission? 5. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What major developments in primary sector innovation has he recently announced? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: When he said "The Government does have a milestone, and it is to achieve parity with Australia by 2025," will he provide New Zealanders with measurable interim milestones; if not, why not? 7. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: How many Trades Academies will open in 2011? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Can he guarantee that no prisoners taken in operations involving the New Zealand Special Air Service in Afghanistan were transferred to the National Directorate of Security in Kabul and tortured? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? 10. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What has the Government done to ensure children in state care can have a Home for Life? 11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Revenue: Who will benefit most from the tax credit described in the Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill as "intended to give couples greater freedom to work fewer hours or more flexible hours in order to care for children"? 12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What announcements has he made recently around cutting red tape and bureaucracy in the building sector?