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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Questions to Ministers

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Finance; if so, why?

2. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the revenue implications of the proposed Emissions Trading System?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he recall advising Cabinet, with regard to Budget 2007, that failing to stick to Budget spending limits risked "an interest rate response from the Reserve Bank, the exchange rate staying higher for longer and a more pronounced economic slow-down", and has he given similar advice this year?

4. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Transport: What impact does she think the final Sea Change strategy announced yesterday will have on coastal shipping?

5. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: When, if at all, did the then Minister of Immigration, Hon David Cunliffe, brief the Prime Minister and Cabinet colleagues on the Oughton inquiry following his April and August 2007 briefings, and what did he tell them?

6. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Energy: What reports has he received on the price impact of biofuels in New Zealand?

7. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: How much of the electricity generated in New Zealand in the week ending 18 May 2008 was generated from thermal sources?

8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Housing: What further steps has the Government taken to address housing affordability?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Did the Climate Change Leadership Forum recommend deferring the introduction of liquid transport fuels into the Emissions Trading Scheme and the postponement of the industry allocation phase out?

10. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: In his last eight Budgets as Minister of Finance, which of Sir Roger Douglas' initiatives, if any, has he reversed and which ones has he kept?

11. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: Does she have confidence in Housing New Zealand Corporation; if so, why?

12. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Commerce: What action is the Government taking to simplify reporting standards for business?

Questions to Members

1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: Does he stand by his statement to Carbon on 19 May, with regard to the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill, that "Every submitter had been given at least 10 minutes' hearing time, and more if they asked for it."?


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