1 Jul 2010

Question Time for 1 July 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 1 July 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: How much money, if any, was appropriated to the Pacific Economic Development Agency in Budget 2010? 2. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What recent progress has been made on the Western Ring Route in Auckland? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much would someone earning the average wage of $50,000 per annum with two children in an early childhood education centre with 80 to 100 percent qualified staff be better or worse off by December 2011, after Budget 2010 tax changes, inflation and if the full cost of early childhood education subsidy changes is passed through? 4. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Will the Government be making buses and trains more affordable so that New Zealanders have options to avoid higher petrol costs introduced by the emissions trading scheme? 5. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Is she satisfied with her level of involvement in the processes prior to her announcement on 20 May 2010 that "The Budget provides $4.8 million in operating funding over the next four years for the Pacific Economic Development Agency"? 6. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What progress is the Government making in conjunction with Sir Peter Jackson with the review of the New Zealand Film Commission? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Attorney-General: Is he satisfied that he has shown the attention to detail in his role as Attorney-General necessary to maintain public confidence in the office? 8. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: How does the Government's moderated ETS balance New Zealand's environmental and economic interests? 9. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What action other than persuasion will he take if Contact Energy's proposal to raise prices by 10 to 17 percent in Dunedin, as referred to by the Prime Minister on Monday, is followed by similar rises from other power companies? 10. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made on expanding the role of enrolled nursing in New Zealand? 11. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement in the House last week that "some of our preliminary results show that around 7,000 of…16 and 17-year-olds are not touching any sort of programme or training"? 12. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Biosecurity: What recent steps has the Government taken to improve pest management in New Zealand?