4 Oct 2011

Question Time for 4 October 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:05 pm on 4 October 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "a credit downgrade of that sort would mean lenders would no longer see us as a good credit risk, they would be reluctant to lend us money and when they did, they would charge us ever-higher interest rates. I don't want to see New Zealanders weighed down by that burden"? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What is New Zealand's credit rating and how does that compare with previous ratings? 3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: In light of the Minister for Social Development and Employment's answer to Oral Question No 2 last Thursday when she said 170,000 new jobs was a "Treasury prediction", what is the Government's assessment of the number of new jobs which will be created by 2013? 4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What will be the additional weekly cost of borrowing for someone with a $300,000 home mortgage should interest rates increase by 0.3 percent as a result of the recent double credit rating downgrade? 5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all statements he has made on the effect of a credit rating downgrade? 6. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister of Police: What reports has she received on the level of recorded crime in New Zealand? 7. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that "if we get downgraded, I personally would be very disappointed and very surprised"? 8. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he seen about the bowel cancer screening pilot, which is set to start at the Waitemata DHB this month? 9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by all the answers he gave on behalf of the Minister of Health to Oral Question No 8 last Tuesday? 10. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What changes are being made to Out of School Care and Recreation? 11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Attorney-General: Does the Government support changes to the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill recommended by the Justice and Electoral Committee? 12. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made in getting leaky homes fixed faster? Questions to Members 1. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee: Will she call a meeting to consider the Inquiry into the identification, rehabilitation, and care and protection of child offenders; if not, why not?