19 Nov 2009

Question Time for 19 November 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 19 November 2009

Questions to ministers 1. RĀHUI KĀTENE to the Associate Minister Health: What value of productivity is lost to the economy as a result of the misuse of alcohol and what strategies does the Government have to address this issue? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she believe that the Government's package to address unemployment has done enough to give youth a firm footing in the labour market? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy in National's first year in Government? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's views on economic policy? 5. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What work is currently underway to address New Zealand's high rates of child abuse and neglect? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he confident the health sector can deliver on his expectations? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How many private partners have indicated their interest in participating in the Government's $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband investment initiative? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does she agree with Consumer New Zealand chief executive Sue Chetwin that all consumers can do about rising food prices is "shop around"? 9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is it Government policy that no Minister will officially meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits next month; if so, why? 10. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has there been for the Job Ops and Community Max programmes? 11. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: On what date will he be releasing the proposed deal from the Iwi Leadership Group and on what date does he expect to have concluded a deal? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Immigration: Why has immigration policy been changed so that the child of a person legally in New Zealand on a work permit under the essential skills policy will not be able to freely attend school if his or her parent or parents earn under $33,675?