9 Sep 2008

Question Time for 9 September 2008

From Parliament - Question Time, 4:00 pm on 9 September 2008

Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in July regarding Rt Hon Winston Peters "I've made it clear all the way through this round of allegations that I accept an honourable member's word as his bond unless I have reason to doubt it. I don't have reason to doubt it at this point.", and how does she reconcile that with her statement last week in the House that in her meeting with Mr Owen Glenn in February she was "left with the impression that he had been asked for money [by Mr Peters], and that some time later he had been advised where to pay it."? 2. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident that ordinary New Zealanders will not be worse off financially under the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her reported statement from 2000 that the main driver of the number of well-skilled New Zealanders choosing to move to Australia was the state of the two economies, and does she think this remains the case today? 4. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What reports, if any, has he received about the research and development tax credit that was introduced earlier this year? 5. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why? 6. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Agriculture: What reports has he received on progress with the New Zealand Fast Forward initiative? 7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Has he seen this week's reports that Auckland cancer services are struggling to cope with patient demand, South Auckland anaesthetists are threatening to work-to-rule due to shortages, that local emergency department specialists warn hospital overcrowding may cost lives; and what action has he taken to deal with these crises in the public health system? 8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Why was the appointment of an expert's panel to look at electoral law announced last Friday? 9. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister for the Environment: What recent reports has he received on developments in environmental policy? 10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied with the performance of our education system in light of the findings in the Business NZ Election Survey 2008 that 72 percent of respondents believe that the education system is not meeting the skill needs of business; if so, why? 11. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in answer to oral question number five on 26 August 2008 in respect of Rt Hon Winston Peters that "I have accepted the honourable member's word, and will continue to do so unless something arises out of the Privileges Committee or some other appropriate authority that suggests I should not do so. But I do not have such information"; if so, why?