6 Aug 2008

Question Time for 6th August 2008 (Part 2)

From Parliament - Question Time, 3:00 pm on 6 August 2008

Questions to ministers: 6• LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Justice: What reports has she received on the establishment of the Sentencing Council and the creation of Sentencing Guidelines? 7• Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that management and administration staff at district health boards increased from 8,250 at 30 June 2001 to 10,236 as at 31 December 2007, as per answers to written questions; and is this in line with government policy? 8• Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What reports, if any, has he received on the importance of transparency in tertiary education policy? 9• BARBARA STEWART to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with the current availability of drug and alcohol abuse assessment and treatment programmes in New Zealand; if so, why? 10• JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that "From 1 April 2009, Work and Income will talk to their clients in a much more generic way about their income support. The focus of discussions about income support will be on ensuring full and correct entitlement to financial assistance rather than making any reference to specific benefit type."? 11• CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Associate Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to give communities more say in liquor licensing decisions? 12• CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by the Prime Minister's statement prior to the last election that "It is not credible, however, to promise thousands more new police when the capacity of the police college and the labour market conditions in a strong economy mean that such numbers could not be recruited and trained without seriously compromising standards and quality."?