3 Jun 2010

Question Time for 3 June 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:06 pm on 3 June 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: Will the Government tell New Zealanders before the election which assets, if any, they will sell if they are re-elected? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget help give New Zealand economic advantages over other countries, which are being forced to increase income taxes and go deeply into debt? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why did he say that the gap between rich and poor is "about the same" as a result of Budget 2010? 4. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why has the Government doubled the number of Job Ops for young people? 5. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is he taking in the 2010-11 financial year to foster innovation, firm growth and an export-led recovery? 6. DAVID CLENDON to the Minister of Finance: Is a lawyer working for Hong Kong-listed Natural Dairy NZ on the Technical Reference Group advising the Government on the review of the overseas investment rules; if so, when was he alerted to this? 7. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Agriculture: Did he or his office contact NZ Police about Farmers Weekly journalist Alan Emerson relating to the incident in his office on May 17; if so, what information was passed to Police? 8. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Corrections: Can she provide an update on any major initiatives to avert the prison capacity crisis? 9. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Was there an open and transparent bidding process to ensure accountability for taxpayer funds before the decision was made to grant $4.8 million to the Pacific Economic Development Agency Limited in Budget 2010; if not, why not? 10. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What decision has the Government announced today with effect to the establishment of a new standalone Environmental Protection Authority? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Will the positions of National Librarian and Chief Archivist be employees of the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs and be accountable to him under the proposed merger of National Library and Archives New Zealand into the Department of Internal Affairs? 12. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What response has the Government received to the Rural Broadband Initiative?