9 Aug 2011

Question Time for 9 August 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:03 pm on 9 August 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What implication does the United States' credit rating downgrade have for the New Zealand economy? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Will he suspend or change his timetable for the proposed selldown of State-owned assets in light of the current economic circumstances; if not, why not? 3. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the implementation of Future Focus? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement with regard to milk prices that "they are" getting a fair price and that "the work we've done so far would indicate they are", and if not, what has changed his mind? 5. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Health: What progress has the Government made on the Voluntary Bonding Scheme? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What was net core Crown debt as a percentage of GDP and in dollar terms in November 1999 and November 2008, and what is it currently? 7. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Hobsonville Deviation and the Western Ring Route Road of National Significance? 8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What is the projected current account deficit as a percentage of GDP and in dollar terms for the forecast years in Budget 2011? 9. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Police: Can she provide an update on the Police's Neighbourhood Policing Team initiative that is focused on reducing crime, crashes, and disorder in priority neighbourhoods? 10. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statement in response to Oral Question No. 8 last Wednesday regarding legal representation for earthquake victims' families that "the better analogy here is not with Pike River; it is with the Victorian royal commission, in which counsel assisting the commission liaised with families in order to assist those families through that particular process"? 11. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "the public will have a say on transport matters" and will he allow the Auckland Council to make its own transport funding decisions? 12. SUE MORONEY to the Prime Minister: What changed between Wednesday last week when his Minister of Education refused to rule out funding cuts to Playcentre and the next day when he did rule out cuts?