17 Feb 2010

Question time for 17 February 2010

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:09 pm on 17 February 2010

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government doing to ensure value for money in its expenditure? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment yesterday "I have been busy running the country. But I am the first to admit it was a bit sloppy"? 4. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made about National Standards? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What work, if any, has she undertaken to extend Whanau Ora to all New Zealanders? 6. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Justice: Why is he proposing election campaign spending caps for political parties? 7. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: What is the proposed question format for the upcoming referendum on MMP? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Has she received the report entitled Step Change: Success the Only Option; if so, which recommendations does she agree with? 9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Does NIWA maintain an up-to-date Schedule of Adjustments of all changes made to the raw temperature data which are used in calculating the official series "Mean annual temperature over New Zealand, from 1853 to 2008", published on the NIWA website; if not, why not? 10. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Is he satisfied with the performance of the Auckland Transition Agency? 11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: E pēhea e rerekē ai te noho o ngā tauira Māori i roto i ngā kura auraki nā runga i te aronga nui i te pūrongo Step Change ki te mātauranga ahurea, nā, kei te whakaae atu ia ki tā te ripoata "it is difficult to see how success for many students in New Zealand can be achieved without this component of learning"? o Translation: How will the experience for Māori students in mainstream schools change as a result of the commitment to cultural competence outlined in the Step Change report; and does she agree that "it is difficult to see how success for many students in New Zealand can be achieved without this component of learning"? 12. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the transport stimulus projects announced last February? Questions to Members 1. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: When did the Committee last meet to consider the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill? 2. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: What is the timeline for submissions on the revised Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill? 3. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: When does she expect the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill will be reported back to the House?