27 May 2010

Question Time for 27 May 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 27 May 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the total amount of dividend payments sent offshore to the Australian owners of ASB, ANZ National, Westpac, and the BNZ over the last five years; and what is this amount? 2. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his recent statements regarding health services? 3. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: How large is public sector spending relative to the economy? 4. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Is he considering selling or partially selling any State-owned enterprises in the future; if so, which ones? 5. TODD McCLAY to the Minister for the Environment: What practical environmental initiatives is the Government funding in Budget 2010 and how do they align with the principles outlined in the Bluegreen vision for New Zealand? 6. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Justice: What advice did he receive from the Prime Minister when he consulted him before stating that "it is extremely unlikely that the Government will move to raise excise tax as part of its alcohol reform agenda"? 7. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What work is the Government doing on trans-Tasman mobile roaming? 8. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Senior Citizens: Which goals and actions of the Positive Ageing Strategy does Budget 2010 not contribute towards and why? 9. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to further primary sector innovation? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement "Much of our attention has also been focussed on the economic downturn and exploring means to help protect workers and businesses from the sharp edges of the recession" and if so, which Budget 2010 initiatives will help to achieve that? 11. PAUL QUINN to the Minister for Building and Construction: What reports has he received on reaction to the Government's proposed leaky homes package? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Can he guarantee that the process currently under way to select partners in the Government's ultra-fast broadband initiative will not be delayed to suit the interests of the incumbent carrier, Telecom New Zealand?