27 Oct 2009

Question time for 27 October 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 27 October 2009

Questions to ministers: 1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Are his statements last week on private sector competition in ACC consistent with the Government's earlier promise to investigate opening only the Work Account to competition? 3. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Which is true: his statement to the House of 21 October "in respect of Australia, there is a complete ban on any deforestation of pre-1990 forests", or his statement to the House of 22 October "In Australia each state requires by law that the deforestation of pre-1990 forests be notified"? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 5. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he received advice on the UN Development Programme's Human Development Report 2009; and is he concerned that it positions New Zealand as having the sixth biggest gap between rich and poor among countries with very high human development, with a similar inequality score to India and Russia? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: Has he received the Treasury memo to Hon Bill English entitled 'Work Account Contestability' which states it is "not clear that levies are excessive - competition in 1998 did reduce levies but could have been firms loss-leading to establish market share"? 7. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the implementation of the Government's policy in relation to Herceptin? 8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Is he satisfied new sexual abuse clinical guidelines will not further injure sexual abuse victims? 9. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Trade: What steps has the Government recently taken to enhance New Zealand's trade opportunities in Asia? 10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What evidence does she have that national standards in literacy and numeracy improve the quality of teaching and learning? 11. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made about the National Standards policy? 12. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the quality of the reports she has received on the proposal to close Aorangi School; if so, why?