16 Sep 2009

Question time fo 16 September 2009

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:00 pm on 16 September 2009

Questions to Ministers 1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What does he hope to achieve by his stocktake of minerals in New Zealand's highest value conservation areas, as announced in his August 26 speech? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said in the House yesterday that the Government was interested in "making sure that our scheme is affordable", what specific cost estimates, if any, has he received from officials on the extra costs to the New Zealand taxpayer of the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme over the full phase-in period? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to support jobs as New Zealand comes out of recession? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she received on the adequacy of current benefit levels? 5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on its urban broadband initiative? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to prepare schools for ultra-fast broadband? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What advice, if any, has she received about whose responsibility it is to pay redundancy to night class staff in the event of night class programmes being wound down? 9. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she made any announcements about contracting with the social sector? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Will he guarantee that no region will see a reduction in its state housing stock as a result of his decision to put 40,000 state houses up for sale? 11. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were retrofitted in August though the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation programme? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What conditions must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence?