25 May 2010

Question Time for 25 May 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 25 May 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Which state assets was he referring to yesterday when he said work would begin soon on assessing which, if any, of them would be put up for sale? 2. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Has he received any reports regarding the comment attributed by the New Zealand Herald to National MP Shane Ardern that "Mr Hide could stop the ETS if he wished by reconsidering his party's confidence and supply agreement with National"; and what is his view of the ETS and the confidence and supply arrangement? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on how Budget 2010 delivered for New Zealanders? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: When he said the vast bulk of New Zealanders would not be worse off after this Budget, which New Zealanders did he expect would be worse off? 5. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What are the objectives of the Budget 2010 tax package? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that the gap between rich and poor is "about the same" after Budget 2010? 7. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to health services? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: On how many occasions has he as Prime Minister dealt with actual or perceived conflicts of interest involving himself since the election? 9. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What increase did Budget 2010 give to school operational funding? 10. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Housing: How many people are currently on the state-housing waiting list? 11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What advice, if any, did she receive on the range of possible fee increases in early childhood education centres as a result of the changes announced in last week's Budget; if so, what was that range? 12. RAHUI KATENE to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he aware of the decision by Tairawhiti District Health Board to award contracts for mental health services to the Challenge Trust based in Auckland rather than the existing provider Turanga Health; and how does this decision comply with the Government's policy for providing more personalised health care closer to home?