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Questions for Oral Answer - June 27


1. MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: How has the Government’s economic plan helped New Zealand families to get ahead since the recession five years ago?

2. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Why is the Government planning to fund the City Rail Link from 2020 and not 2016 as proposed by the Auckland Council?

3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Primary Industries: What announcements has he made on boosting productivity and environmental outcomes in the primary sector?

4. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: Why has the number of small business start-ups declined from an average of 8,000 a year under the previous Government to fewer than 5,500 under this Government?

5. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with Auckland business leaders Michael Barnett and Kim Campbell that the Auckland City Rail Link is a “game-changing project … which is ready to go”; if so, will he prioritise the project so that it can be up and running by 2021?

6. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Tourism: What recent reports has he received on the number of tourists coming to New Zealand?

7. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Has he read the open letter to him dated 25 June 2013 written on behalf of the quake families who lost 185 of their loved ones in the collapse of the CTV building in the February 2011 earthquake?

8. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Has she requested or received any briefings from Ministry officials on the Equal Pay Act case, which commenced this week in the Employment Court?

9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister for Courts: What progress is being made on preparing for changes to criminal procedure next week?

10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he stand by his statement to the Safeguard conference that the Ministry’s programme includes an increase in the number of health and safety inspectors from the current 139 to 158, all with increased capability; if so, will all 158 inspectors be in place by 1 July 2013?

11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What feedback, if any, has he received about the impact that the new restrictions in student allowance eligibility for those aged 40 and over will have on the goal to increase the number of Māori students enjoying success at higher qualification levels, particularly the significant numbers of Māori who have accessed second chance education opportunities?

12. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Associate Minister of Transport: When was he or his predecessor first made aware of concerns about the installation and operation of security cameras used in taxis and the regular failure of some cameras to deliver images that Police could use to investigate allegations of violent crimes?


1. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: When will he present the report on the 2013/14 Estimates Review for Vote Education to the House?

2. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: Was he contacted by the Minister of Education, her staff or her officials following her appearance at the hearing of evidence on the 2013/14 Estimates Review for Vote Education yesterday concerning her readiness to return to the Committee at a later date to answer questions around the responses to 2013/14 Estimates Review for Vote Education questions received by the Committee; if so, what was the nature of any discussion?

3. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: Did he invite the Minister of Education to return to the Committee for further questioning on the 2013/14 Estimates Review for Vote Education?

4. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: On which date and time did he receive the Minister of Education’s written responses to the 2013/14 Estimates Review for Vote Education?

5. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: Did he agree to an extension of the due date and time set by the Committee for the Minister of Education’s written responses to the 2013/14 Estimates Review for Vote Education?


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