11 Sep 2008

Question Time for 11 September 2008

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:07 pm on 11 September 2008

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement today that she has "no basis" to remove Rt Hon Winston Peters' ministerial warrant; if so, why? 2. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What landmark environmental legislation has passed recently? 3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Has she been advised of the statement made by Mr Owen Glenn to the Privileges Committee, in regard to a meeting between her and Mr Glenn in February 2008, "I also told her of my conversation with the Labour Party's President, Mr Williams, before I agreed to make that donation back in 2005."; and does she agree that Mr Glenn told her that? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for the Environment: Is he concerned that dirty dairying in New Zealand is now "gaining international notoriety", as stated in Rural News on 29 August; and, if so, does he agree with comments in on 2 September that "the recently outlined National Policy Statement for freshwater management demonstrates an abject failure in leadership"? 5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: What qualities does he think are desirable in appointees to the boards of Crown-connected organisations? 6. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with the reported comments of former police officer Cam Stokes that gangs are here to stay; if so, what is being done by her Government to combat gangs? 7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Has he seen today's media reports of further serious failures in the health system including Auckland cancer patients waiting 12 weeks for radiation therapy, rising deficits at another district health board, and a man's tragic death after being left alone by staff at Christchurch Hospital's emergency department; and what action has he taken to deal with the crisis in the country's hospitals? 8. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding policy priorities for children? 9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is she satisfied with Work and Income's approach to individual case management; if so, why? 10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: When does he expect that the Education Amendment Bill (No 3) will be passed? 11. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Immigration: Has he received any reports proposing new immigration categories? 12. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Can he confirm that the "breakfast bash" where he launched the new Māori dictionary cost taxpayers up to $75,000?