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Questions for Oral Answer - 24 August 2010

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Questions to Ministers

1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to consider options for improving New Zealand’s national savings?

2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: What new policies has he announced as Prime Minister over the last month to ensure that the cost of living does not rise faster than wages?

3. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Justice: How does the Government’s alcohol reform package, announced yesterday, balance the need to reduce alcohol-related harm with the interests of responsible drinkers?

4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: When she said last week that “this is a great week for New Zealand, with two pieces of legislation encouraging job opportunities and removing the barriers to work,” how many jobs does she expect to be created from these changes?

5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she stand by her statement to the Iwi Leaders meeting last week that “nothing can be more important than dealing with child abuse”; if so, why did she also tell the meeting that “the Government doesn’t have all the money for it right now.”?

6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement “we’re getting the right kind of recovery if you take a longer term point of view”?

7. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: How will changes made last year to the Resource Management Act 1991 help the efficient processing of consents for major transport and electricity infrastructure?

8. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports from the Ministry of Economic Development on his statement in Budget 2010 which forecasts the growth in non-residential business investment to be 6.2% for 2011, increasing to 10.3% in 2012, and does he think these forecasts are important components of his Government’s plan to close the wage gap with Australia?

9. DAVID GARRETT to the Minister of Police: How many people have been convicted of a “strike” offence since 1 June 2010, and how many offenders have been sentenced?

10. SU'A WILLIAM SIO to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: Why did the chief executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs announce last week that a range of organisations will now be asked to bid for the $4.8 million that was specifically earmarked in this year’s Budget for the Pacific Economic Development Agency Ltd?

11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: What were the findings of the adventure tourism review?

12. BRENDON BURNS to the Prime Minister: Why is he seeking the views of Christchurch households on the abolition of Environment Canterbury’s elected councillors when this was done five months ago?

Questions to Members

1. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: When will the Sale of Liquor and Liquor Enforcement Bill be reported back to the House?

2. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: How many submissions did the committee both receive and hear on the Sale of Liquor and Liquor Enforcement Bill that related to the provisions for local alcohol plans and parental consent being required for supplying alcohol to under-18 year olds?

3. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: How many submissions did the committee both receive and hear on the Sale of Liquor and Liquor Enforcement Bill that related to the provisions to reduce the blood alcohol content for young drivers?

ENDS

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