3 Jul 2008

Question Time For 3 June 2008

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 3 July 2008

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Thursday, 3 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government's best estimate of its ongoing financial return from the purchase of rail and ferry assets? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence that her ministers of Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Local Government are protecting New Zealanders from any major threats to the safety and security of our drinking water supply? 3. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Minister of Transport: Did she, following last year's increases in road user charges, give Road Transport Forum NZ an assurance that operators would be given a month's notice of any such increases in the future? 4. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Agriculture: What further steps are being taken to implement the New Zealand Fast Forward initiative? 5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What matters contributed to the decision to undertake an independent review of maternity services in Wellington? 6. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received on possible changes to the ACC scheme? 7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that "I think family violence is being reported more often because people feel more confident to come forward and report it."? 8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Does she stand by her statement that "In terms of relative transport priorities, 'switching on' safety around schools must be right up there at the top of any list."; if so, is she prepared to promote or support legislation to make it easier for local authorities to implement speed zones around schools in the interests of child and general pedestrian safety? 9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Revenue: Is he satisfied with the enforcement of child support in New Zealand given that total child support debt has increased from $380 million in 2000 to over $1.27 billion; if so, why? 10. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the Government's action to reduce poverty in New Zealand? 11. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied that the Ministry of Education is managing school properties well; if so, why? 12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: When was a Minister of Immigration first made aware that Mary Anne Thompson was the staff member at the centre of an investigation into unlawful decision making in the Immigration Service?