1 Jun 2010

Question Time for 1 June 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:06 pm on 1 June 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that his proposed cycleway would cost $50 million and "will create just under 4000 jobs when it's being built"; if so, how many jobs have been created so far? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received showing signs that the economy is rebalancing towards exports and investment and away from borrowing, consumption and property speculation? 3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will he, before issuing any permits for deep water oil drilling in the Great South Basin, ensure that all drilling companies have the ability to control any leaks that develop? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the 53 percent of New Zealanders in last night's TV One poll who believe they will not be better off as a result of the Budget? 5. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all of his recent statements on health services? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government's online budget calculator use the Treasury's forecast inflation rate of 5.9 percent for 2011; if not, why not? 7. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to improve animal welfare in New Zealand? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with Secretary to the Treasury John Whitehead's comments that the Government should remove overseas investment screening for all but the "most sensitive" of items; if not, why not? 9. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does he stand by his statement that Budget 2010 will "ensure more higher education opportunities for New Zealanders"? 10. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Prime Minister: How much of the $3 per week he referred to as the average cost for households of the Emissions Trading Scheme on TV One Breakfast on 24 and 31 May relates to electricity and petrol price rises, and how much relates to the flow-on effect of these costs into the price of all other goods and services that households consume? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to the New Zealand Herald last year that he has put certain assets into a blind trust that is "so blind I haven't got a clue what's in it"? 12. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Food Safety: What progress has been made on reforming New Zealand's food legislation?