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Questions for Oral Answer - May 22

Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Finance?

2. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: How will the Budget this week contribute to the Government’s long-term programme to build a more competitive economy?

3. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: In light of his comment that “this Budget will start making the long-term changes that National promised to make and that are needed to lift New Zealand’s long-term economic performance”, what was the forecast growth in Budget 2009 for each out-year to date and what has been the actual growth in each of these out-years?

4. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcements has she made about reducing reoffending?

5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement with regard to asset sales that the Prime Minister is “much more of a mind to accept the Treasury’s advice than … BERL’s”; if so, has he seen the Treasury’s advice that asset sales would decrease the Government’s operating balance before gains and losses by nearly $100 million per year?

6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his Budget 2011 statement that the amount of new debt raised by the Government on a weekly basis in 2012 “will fall by more than two-thirds to around $100 million”?

7. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Primary Industries: What further decisions has the Government made in response to the Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels?

8. Hon NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: How many new teachers are forecast to be employed in 2016 based on the current student to teacher ratios and roll growth and how does this compare to the number of teachers who will be employed in 2016 under the new ratios she announced last week?

9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Education: What initiatives has she announced in Budget 2012 to raise student achievement?

10. Su'a WILLIAM SIO to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement on job creation “We can effect things like labour laws and if you look at the jobs creation that we have been promoting; the SkyCity convention centre, more mining and exploration, Australian companies coming back … they will create jobs.”?

11. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development: How are youth services around New Zealand celebrating this year’s Youth Week?

12. MOJO MATHERS to the Minister of Health: Did he seek any advice on the effect raising prescription charges would have on New Zealanders with disabilities; if not, why not?

ENDS

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