27 Sep 2011

Question Time for 27 September 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:09 pm on 27 September 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Attorney-General: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement that "there are at least 40 trials and 50 investigations where those investigations currently - the video surveillance equipment's been turned off and yeah I don't think - that will harm those trials in my view", and in how many of those cases does the prosecution rely on evidence from warrantless filming from private property without the owner's consent? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Health: What investment has there been in new, and wider access to, medicines for New Zealanders since 2008? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Is it his policy to "muddle through" the current economic uncertainty? 5. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Conservation: Does she have confidence in her Department's management of the conservation values at risk from the application by Bathurst Resources to mine the Denniston Plateau? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Local Government: Does he stand by his statement "We require councils from the next election onwards to put out a financial report in plain English. … I think if we had had that reporting procedure some years back, we might not have got ourselves into some trouble with councils", in light of the increase in the gross debt of the Auckland City Council during the mayoralty of John Banks? 7. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Housing: What plans does the Government have to increase and improve State housing in Auckland? 8. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Health: Does he believe Te Whetu Tawera, the acute mental health unit of the Auckland District Health Board, is functioning to a high standard; if so, why? 9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Police: In how many trials completed this year have the Police submitted covert video footage obtained on private property; if any? 10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: How many letters has the Ministry of Education sent to schools in the past eight weeks requiring a specific statement that refers to National Standards to be included in their charters? 11. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he seen any reports on recent initiatives that boost research in the agricultural sector? 12. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: By how much, in today's New Zealand dollar terms, has the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia grown since the Employment Contracts Act 1991 deregulated the labour market? Questions to Members 1. CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Has he requested any written submissions on the petition of George Laird, signed by nearly 14,000 people, calling on the Government to retain the Hillside and Woburn workshops? 2. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: Has she called for submissions on the petition of Allen Hair, on the annuities payable to members of the Government Superannuation Fund and the National Provident Fund; if not, why not?