17 Sep 2009

Question time for 17 September 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 17 September 2009

1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers; if so, why? 2. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What are the measures this government is taking to improve New Zealand's financial position? 3. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: When he said that"A report circulated by the World Bank some years ago ranked New Zealand second in the world in terms of natural wealth per capita", was he aware that protected areas and forests make up 29 percent of that wealth, whereas subsoil assets make up just 3 percent? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that"the Government has struck the right balance between its economic responsibilities and its environmental responsibilities"? 5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to support schools to raise achievement for Maori students? 6. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What actions has she taken to advance the causes of women in New Zealand? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How does the $1.5 billion urban broadband initiative announced yesterday relate to the rural broadband plan announced last week? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment that palm kernel extract was a waste product and not leading to deforestation; and, if so, does he believe that the $317 million that New Zealand paid for palm kernel in 2008 made no contribution to profitability of the oil palm industry? 9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What criteria will be used to determine which households could receive free home insulation? 10. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Has he a written document of what has been agreed to with the Maori party, to advance the Government's amendments to the emissions trading scheme to a select committee; if so, will he table it? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: How is a Minister's primary place of residence determined? 12. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister of Fisheries: What recent changes to regulations have been made to address the issue of illegally harvested paua?