17 Aug 2011

Question Time for 17 August 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:20 pm on 17 August 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf in answer to Oral Question No 4 yesterday that "there is room for celebration in some of this" regarding youth unemployment rates? 2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to increase incomes and to give businesses the confidence to invest and create new jobs? 3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he had the opportunity to view the new colony cage systems for hens which the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee is proposing will replace battery hen cages; if so, does he believe they are acceptable from an animal welfare perspective? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No 7 yesterday? 5. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: How have district health boards improved support for their communities through the preventative health target 'Better Help for Smokers to Quit'? 6. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Prime Minister: Has he met with Fonterra in his capacity as Prime Minister in the last month; and if so, what undertakings, if any, did he give them? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has she received on the implementation of the smoking ban in New Zealand prisons? 8. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported statement that it could be fraudulent to apply for a benefit if you were not eligible? 9. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister for Tertiary Education: How many schools received government funding for Adult and Community Education classes in 2009, and how many schools are receiving government funding for Adult and Community Education programmes in 2011? 10. Hon Sir ROGER DOUGLAS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why, despite spending $160 million on the Youth Opportunities package, has the unemployment rate for 15 to 19 year olds increased since she became Minister? 11. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Minister of Defence: Why has he not provided substantive answers to Questions for Written Answer 6098 to 6102 (2011)? 12. NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received into the integration of SmartGate between New Zealand and Australia?