23 Mar 2010

Question Time for 23 March

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:17 pm on 23 March 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures will the Government consider to improve the fairness and integrity of the tax system? 2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Tourism: Does he stand by his statement in the House that "I certainly agree that part of New Zealand's important brand is the 'clean, green' image"? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said "What I stand by is environmentally sensitive mining", did he actually mean mining in environmentally sensitive areas? 4. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What were the findings of the Government stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act? 5. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Me pēhea te whakatau a te Kāwanatanga i ngā kōrero a te mema pāremata, a Nikki Kaye mō te maina i ngā moutere o Great Barrier me te mea nei, kāore i pai ki te taringa, arā, tāna i kī rā "when environmental and economic factors are taken into account, and given the island's status in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park"; ā, he aha te wāhi kei a Ngāti Rehua ki te whakatutuki whakataunga? o Translation: How will the Government resolve the comments by Nikki Kaye MP, about the plans to open up Great Barrier Island to mining, reported as this does not stack up "when environmental and economic factors are taken into account, and given the island's status in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park"; and what role will Ngāti Rehua play in achieving any resolution? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: Why does she think it proper to cede control of mining in conservation areas by allowing the Minster of Energy and Resources to be a co-decision-maker in these decisions? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the procurement of electric trains for Auckland's commuter rail network? 8. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement "This failure to engage the very people with the right expertise - doctors and nurses who know the patients' needs best - is seriously eroding our ability to provide patients with the care they need"? 9. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by his statement that "I have made it clear that the Government has no intention of mining high-value conservation land"? 10. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What responses has he received to his proposal to link a proportion of university funding to students' pass rates? 11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for the Environment: Has the Environmental Protection Authority received any resource consent applications under the new national consenting process provided for in the 2009 amendments to the Resource Management Act? 12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Does he stand by his statement that he ordered the inquiries into the leaking of information about the stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and changes to the structure of the public sector?