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Questions for Oral Answer - May 8


Questions to Ministers

1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Finance: What steps has the Government taken to responsibly manage its finances and stop the increase in public debt?

2. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all of his statements?

3. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he still stand by his statement that “The welfare system will always be there to support those who genuinely need it”?

4. Peseta SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister for Social Development: What recent announcements has she made on the Government’s welfare reforms to support more people off welfare?

5. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Prime Minister: Did he involve Auckland City Council in discussions he or his staff had with SkyCity about a national convention centre in Auckland during 2009 and 2010?

6. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Defence: What reports has he received regarding New Zealand Defence Force training exercises?

7. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How many people will lose access to some or all of their student allowance as a result of the changes he announced last week?

8. MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Justice: What steps is the Government taking to reduce unnecessary parole hearings?

9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What proportion of the 87,000 young people not in employment, training or education will be assisted by her youth services package?

10. HOLLY WALKER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What official advice, if any, has he received about how increasing the student loan repayment rate will impact on young families and those on low incomes?

11. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Does he believe Hon John Banks when he said on Friday, 27 April 2012 that he could not remember a helicopter trip to the Dotcom mansion, and if not, was Mr Banks’ comment consistent with clause 2.53 of the Cabinet Office Manual which states “… at all times, Ministers are expected to act lawfully and to behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. Ultimately Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour.”?

12. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Broadcasting: What progress is the Government making towards the digital switchover?

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