26 May 2010

Question Time for 26 May 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 26 May 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Revenue: What reports has he received on the tax changes announced in the Budget? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Did he seek advice on any potential damage to Kiwibank's brand and customer goodwill resulting from its possible privatisation, before he told a meeting of business people on Friday that he might consider a partial privatisation of Kiwibank? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Do his answers to question for oral answer No. 1 yesterday mean that he has ruled out ever initiating the privatisation of Kiwibank? 4. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What investment has the Government made in Budget 2010 to build new schools and modernise others? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he consider the long-term fiscal track to be sustainable; if not, what options is he considering to rectify this? 6. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Me aro ngā kuratini ki ēhea ture i mua i te whakapau i ngā rawa e kore nei e hiahiatia kia ahei ai rātou ki te pupuri tonu i aua rawa; nō te Karauna ngā rawa, ko rātou ngā kaitiaki kē, hei whakahoki atu ki ngā iwi mō ngā kerēme whakataunga i te Tiriti o Waitangi? o Translation: What procedures do tertiary education institutions have to comply with before disposing of any assets that are surplus to their needs, to ensure that those Crown-owned assets managed by them but no longer needed are able to be retained as part of the redress options for Treaty of Waitangi settlement claims for iwi? 7. 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 a clue what's in it"? 8. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What are the impacts of the changes this Government has made to the Emissions Trading Scheme on costs for consumers? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many submissions on the Government's proposal Maximising our Mineral Potential: Stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and beyond have been received by the Ministry of Economic Development? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many submissions has the Ministry of Economic Development received so far on the stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and how many oppose mining on Schedule 4 land? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Customs: What commitment has the Government made to improve productivity and security at the border? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all undertakings she has made as Minister of Education?