6 Apr 2011

Question Time for 6 April 2011

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:06 pm on 6 April 2011

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that dividends from State-owned Enterprise energy companies help pay for services like doctors and hospitals and can he confirm that the dividends earned last year from the four companies amounted to $732 million? 2. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: Have after-tax average weekly earnings been rising faster than inflation; if so, what are the implications for rates of New Zealand Superannuation? 3. Hon JIM ANDERTON to the Minister of Finance: What is the fiscal deficit likely to be in the calendar year 2011, and what would the fiscal deficit be if there had been no tax cut on 1 October 2010 for the top 5 percent of earners? 4. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to the number of doctors and nurses working for New Zealand's district health boards? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What programmes does he consider "nice to have" and should be cut? 6. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Finance: Does he still believe that following the Government's review of the foreign investment rules that "New Zealanders are able to feel that those things that they think are important about New Zealand are … protected"; and what influence did the outcomes of that review have on the Overseas Investment Office's decision to grant consent for Carter Holt Harvey to sell more than 17,000 hectares of central North Island forestry blocks to a company with ownership spread between ten countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Liechtenstein? 7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that Treasury was in the Prime Minister's office "week after week, month after month" telling him South Canterbury Finance was going bankrupt? 8. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received regarding the building of schools at Hobsonville Point? 9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that "[e]very day New Zealanders are making decisions to change their behaviour based on changes in the oil price"; if so, how will those behaviour changes be reflected in Government infrastructure investment? 10. Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry that "we are taking this inquiry absolutely seriously, we are determined to get answers for those families, and we will leave no stone unturned"? 11. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How have the 1 April changes provided greater certainty to those receiving benefits and New Zealand Superannuation? 12. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements made during question number six on 15 March 2011?