22 Sep 2009

Question time for 22 September 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 22 September 2009

1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's external financial position? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said last week in the House that the Government was interested in "making sure that our scheme is affordable", what is the estimated cost to the New Zealand taxpayer over the life of the scheme of the changes he announced to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What advice has he received about the actions of Waitakere City Council who have decided to stop granting consents for more gambling venues and gaming machines, and is their new "sinking lid" policy likely to have implications for local government policy at a national level? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What criteria, if any, did he establish for Ministers when they were reprioritising expenditure in their portfolios? 5. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on consultation with parents about National Standards? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "we do not believe that any Government programme will be able to prevent a significant rise in unemployment"? 7. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Transport: Will he reconsider his decision to stop work on a vehicle fuel economy standard for New Zealand, in light of the recent US Government announcement that all new vehicles will have to meet 156 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre by 2016? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Have officials advised him that the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme transfer the costs away from polluters to taxpayers? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to further primary sector innovation? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he believe that communities must be involved in road safety education and activities to help prevent injuries and accidents, particularly for children? 11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government undertaking a review of safety in the adventure tourism sector? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Further to his answer to the House on 10 September, who decided the criteria that must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence and when was that decision made?