27 Aug 2008

Question Time for 27 August 2008

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:50 pm on 27 August 2008

Questions to Ministers: 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: What would do more to achieve her aspiration of a carbon neutral New Zealand: spending $1.9 billion on the Waterview motorway project, or, putting that same money towards completing and upgrading the Auckland passenger rail network? 2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why? 3. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Transport: What reports has she received on developments in Waikato roading? 4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that Government departments may not publish election advertisements; if so, why? 5. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How many Māori students and Pacific students currently enrolled at a private training establishment would be eligible for Equity Funding if they attended a university, ITP or wānanga; and what would be the annual cost of extending Equity Funding to include Māori students and Pacific students in private training establishments? 6. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What are the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme that the Government has agreed to secure its passage, and what is the cost of these measures? 7. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received on public private partnerships in education? 8. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement on 13 March 2008 that "in 2002 the Special Education Service was merged with the Ministry of Education. Statistically this increased the Ministry of Education's staff but actually created no new positions", if so, why? 9. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What steps is the Government taking to accelerate the rollout of high speed broadband? 10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Transport: Does she stand by her statement that the vehicle fuel economy standard is an important initiative to assist the Government in achieving its transport strategy goals, its energy strategy goals, and its climate change goals? 11. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Transport: Is the report Managing Transport Challenges When Oil Prices Rise going to be adopted as Government policy; if so, why? 12. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does the Māori Trustee support the expropriation of $35 million out of the Māori Trustee's general purposes fund?