SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 7 December
Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Super Scheme – ENZA Court Action – Labour Market Outlook – Rural Doctor Shortages – School Accountability – Selling State Houses - Tourism Forecasts – Regional Development – Auditing Closing The Gaps – General Dodson vs Ron Mark – Labour and Environmental Standards In Trade Agreements.
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Today’s questions follow….
Hon BILL ENGLISH (National) to the Minister of Finance Michael Cullen:
Q: What advice has he received on whether his partial pre-funding proposal will secure future levels of superannuation?
OWEN JENNINGS (ACT) to the Minister of Agriculture Jim Sutton:
Q: In light of the High Court temporary order stopping the issuing of export permits to independent apple and pear exporters, what action, if any, is he going to take to assist growers to sell apples that ENZA is refusing to buy?
HARRY DUYNHOVEN (Labour) to the Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey:
Q: What reports has he received on the outlook for the labour market?
Rt Hon WYATT CREECH (National) to the Minister of Health Annette King:
Q: Further to her answer to oral question No. 10 last Thursday, what is her response to the New Zealand Medical Association chairperson's reported statement that the association was "disappointed and offended" by her claims in Parliament that the NZMA had no answers to rural doctor shortages in Kaitaia?
HELEN DUNCAN (Labour) to the Minister of Education Trevor Mallard:
Q: Are current school planning and reporting requirements effective and efficient; if not, why not?
BELINDA VERNON (National) to the Minister of Housing Mark Gosche:
Q: Does the Government intend to sell any State houses over the next year; if so, how does he reconcile that with Graham Kelly's reported pre-election statement that "Labour would halt further sales" of State houses?
GEORGINA BEYER (Labour) to the Minister of Tourism Mark Burton:
Q: What are the new international visitor forecasts from the Tourism Research Council?
JOHN WRIGHT (Alliance) to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development Jim Anderton:
Q: What steps has he taken to assist communities to access finance for regional development?
Hon MURRAY McCULLY (National) to the Minister of Maori Affairs Parekura Horomia:
Q: In light of the statement of the Audit Office that his Ministry had no planned steps to obtain evidence of effectiveness in relation to key Closing the Gaps programmes, what steps has he taken to rectify this matter?
RON MARK (NZ First) to the Minister of Defence Mark Burton:
Q: Does he endorse the comments of his spokesman, reported in this morning's Dominion, that I am continuing a long running personal attack on General Dodson; if so, what is that comment based on?
BRIAN NEESON (National) to the Minister of Police George Hawkins:
Q: Can he outline what, if any, cost saving measures are being considered to fund the $96 million needed for his new highway patrol unit?
ROD DONALD (Green) to the Minister for Trade Negotiations Jim Sutton:
Q: Is the Government still committed to the statement in the Speech from the Throne on 21 December 1999 that "legitimate issues of labour standards and environmental concerns need to be integrated better with trade agreements"; if so, what steps has the Government taken to implement this commitment?