30 Mar 2010

Question time for 30 March 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 30 March 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister for ACC: What changes have been made to ACC coverage relating to the presence of "pre-existing degenerative" conditions? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: How will Budget 2010 make the tax system fairer? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with all recent comments by his Minister of Energy and Resources? 4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to improving frontline health services? 5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Finance: What will the impact of the proposal to mine protected Schedule 4 land be on the New Zealand economy? 6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Did she agree with the advice she received on the "Future Focus" package? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for the Environment: What response has he received on the review of Environment Canterbury from key stakeholders including the Canterbury mayors and councils, the Local Government Association, Ngāi Tahu and environmental organisations? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his statements about health services? 9. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Justice: Ka whakaae te Kāwanatanga ki te tūtohutanga i te purongo o te Komiti o te Whakakotahitanga o ngā Iwi o te Ao e kī nei "The State party should consider relinquishing the use of electro-muscular disruption devise (EMDs) 'TASERs'"; ki te kore, he aha ai? * Translation: Will the Government agree to the recommendation from the United Nations Human Rights Committee report that "The State party should consider relinquishing the use of electro-muscular disruption devices (EMDs) 'TASERs'"; if not, why not? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Conservation: Does she think the Department of Conservation should have an advocacy role for conservation at any public forum or in any statutory planning process? 11. COLIN KING to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What recent announcements has he made about changes aimed at ensuring New Zealand gets the best from its Crown Research Institutes? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported statement in regard to National Standards that "criticism has been based on misinterpretations"?