15 Oct 2009

Question time for 15 October 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 15 October 2009

1. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister for Biosecurity: Can he give the public a 100 percent guarantee that imports of palm kernel do not pose biosecurity risks to New Zealand's farms and environment, particularly in light of the fact that one in ten shipments have been found to contain insects and animals despite having been fumigated before arriving in New Zealand? 2. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for ACC: What is the proposed increase in ACC levy fees for a car and how much would it have been if the date for full funding of the Motor Vehicle Account is not extended? 3. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were insulated in September through the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation scheme? 4. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for ACC: Does he agree ACC should tighten procedures to limit access to counselling for those injured through serious crime? 5. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Finance: Does he consider borrowing $40 billion to be "no trouble"? 6. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he satisfied with his management of his portfolio? 7. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has the Government's Community Max initiative made? 8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement that "the Government has taken prompt action to crack down on violent crime"? 9. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Labour: What progress has been made on the review of adventure tourism? 10. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement on Radio New Zealand this morning "New Zealand weathered the global financial crisis partly because of the strength of the Government's finances"? 11. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What announcements have recently been made about encouraging philanthropic giving to the arts? 12. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her reported statement that "We are all on board with this - for the first time since National Standards were first mooted"?