8 Dec 2009

Question Time for 8 December 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:08 pm on 8 December 2009

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement on the Brash 2025 Taskforce report that "its core recommendations were too radical to implement"; if so, why does he intend to pay the taskforce another $327,000? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on unemployment? 4. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What steps has he taken to reduce compliance costs for road transport operators? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements regarding the New Zealand Superannuation Fund? 6. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with the Community Energy Action charitable trust, that a household is living in fuel poverty when essential energy services such as heating and hot water are unaffordable to the residents, and what actions has he taken to address fuel poverty, particularly for low-income New Zealanders? 7. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Is she satisfied that the Police have sufficient plans in place to cope with the extra duties and stresses created in the run-up to Christmas? 8. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received about gas field developments in New Zealand? 9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to Federated Farmers that "regardless of your view about the environment or climate change, the opinions of your consumers will ultimately decide how well your products sell"; if so, does he share Fonterra's reported concern that factory farms could tarnish New Zealand's reputation for free-range dairy products? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with the recommendation of the independent ministerial review panel that if the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 is repealed then "Reasonable public access should be defined and provided for by statute"? 11. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to get schools ready for ultra-fast broadband? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Has Hon Bill English received a self-drive car; if so, what requirements, if any, are placed on where such cars should be located?