25 Mar 2015

Question Time for 25 March 2015

From Parliament - Question Time, 2:17 pm on 25 March 2015

1.PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What reports, if any, has she received about the Salvation Army saying it felt pressured into carrying out expensive, time-consuming research on buying unwanted state houses because the Government repeatedly referred to the charity as a likely buyer?

2. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by her statement, "Every child has the right to be safe from abuse and neglect and these guidelines will help us build a stronger culture of child protection across New Zealand where the safety and security of children is paramount."?

3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on progress the New Zealand economy is making in reducing its external debt position? 4. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How will his decision to cut funding by $392,000 a year to the specialist non-fiction service provided by the National Library affect access to educational resources for rural schools?

5. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister for Social Housing: What are the next steps in the Government's social housing reform programme?

6. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the Prime Minister's answer that it is "misinformation" that New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 20 percent between 2008 and 2012; if so, by what percentage did New Zealand's net greenhouse gas emissions increase between 2008 and 2012?

7. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received in relation to the increased funding for cochlear implants announced in Budget 2014?

8. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: When did his officials first learn of SkyCity's desire for a public funding top-up in order for the International Convention Centre to meet the Preliminary Design specifications?

9. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister for Small Business: How are small businesses benefiting from the Better for Business - Result 9 Programme?

10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Education: What further advice, if any, did she receive that led to her decision to consult on the closing of Redcliffs School, following the advice she received from geotechnical experts in September last year that "with the mitigation measures in place, the risk from rockfall is considered to be no higher on the school grounds than on any site remote from the Port Hills"?

11. JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Does he agree with the previous EEO Commissioner Judy McGregor's statement on aged care that "The sense of crisis that surrounds aged care is partly a reflection of our collective knowledge that we are not being fair and that a large group of workers is being discriminated against."?