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Questions For Oral Answer Feb 22

Questions For Oral Answer

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Why did he state in the House last week that “…anyone on a benefit actually has a lifestyle choice. If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills” and some people “make poor choices, and they do not have money left”?

2. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: Why will Budget 2011 focus on savings and investment?

3. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Will partially selling State-owned assets improve the New Zealand economy?

4. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why did the Government ask the Welfare Working Group to consider the structure of the welfare system?

5. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Are all his statements on the purchase of the BMW fleet accurate; if not, which ones are inaccurate?

6. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that welfare reform is “about improving the lives of a large group of New Zealanders whose exclusion from paid work diminishes their quality of life and, perhaps most importantly, the quality of their children’s lives”?

7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been made toward the Government’s commitment to encourage private sector investment in the New Zealand corrections system?

8. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice, if any, has she received on changing the Minimum Wage Act to enable the averaging of wages, which would allow employers to pay less than the minimum wage for some hours of work?

9. Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Attorney-General: Is the Prime Minister’s description of the test for customary title in last Sunday’s Sunday Star Times a fair and complete account of the test under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill; if so, why?

10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What are the titles of the documents, including briefing notes and official reports, he received before 1 January 2011 on the purchase of Crown BMWs?

11. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Revenue: Is it true some of our biggest companies are paying a lower tax rate than the average pensioner; and if so, how can private company tax which enables companies to benefit from huge tax breaks be considered morally fair or acceptable?

12. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Housing: What progress has Housing New Zealand made with divesting high-value properties in order to provide more houses for those in need?

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