6 May 2011

Question Time for 5 May 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:02 pm on 6 May 2011

MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Why is it important that the Government returns to Budget surplus? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she agree with the statement by Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, in relation to the formation of policy in her portfolio delegation for family violence that, "policy formed without consideration of the most relevant knowledge available is far less likely to serve the nation well"; if not, why not? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made on supporting young people into jobs? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Will he rule out cuts to KiwiSaver in the coming Budget, such as those outlined in today's Dominion Post? Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received in relation to maternity services, and services for mothers with new babies? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Acting Minister of Energy and Resources: Is she satisfied that prices charged to New Zealand consumers for electricity are fair and properly constrained by adequate competition? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement regarding family violence services that "funding is being moved to the frontline not away from it"? Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: At what precise time and date were the "security related" meetings of 11 December 2009, that he referred to yesterday, diaried? Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What recent reports has he received confirming that New Zealand is on target to meet its Kyoto commitments as a result of its moderated Emissions Trading Scheme? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement that "this Government is backing young people to gain skills and the confidence that gets them real jobs in go-ahead industries"; if so, does she believe youth unemployment rates reflect this? NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the procurement of new electric trains for Auckland's commuter rail system? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What reports, if any, has she seen on the use of the 90-day trial provisions in the State sector?