31 Jul 2008

Question Time for 31 July 2008

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 31 July 2008

Thursday, 31 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Racing; if so, why? 2. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What was the purpose of his recent trip to Samoa with United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice? 3. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How does the number of resourced level-three neonatal intensive care unit cots in New Zealand compare with international benchmarks, and how many of those cots are available today? 4. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What reports has he received on the importance of transparency in employment relations? 5. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: Does he accept the conclusion of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report that the Ministry for the Environment breached its resource consent for the remediation work at Māpua? 6. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What actions, if any, has he taken to promote honest, transparent and accountable Governments in the Pacific region? 7. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement on 3 July 2008 that the circumstances in which family members of Mary Anne Thompson obtained residence appeared irregular; if so, what were those irregularities? 8. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has she received on the Working for Families package? 9. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he satisfied with the level of his Ministry's animal welfare resources; if so, why? 10. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Energy: What reports has he received on plans for construction of renewable energy projects? 11. PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Health: How many times in 2008 has the Waitakere public hospital closed its emergency department to new patients during normal operating hours? 12. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister of Conservation: What recent progress has the Government made for marine protection around the New Zealand coastline?