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Questions for Oral Answer - June 26


1. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to get better results and value for money from the public service?

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

3. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Social Development: What commitments has the Government made to reduce long-term welfare dependency?

4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “We are a government that thinks getting results is what’s really important”?

5. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for Social Development: Have Police, CYFS, medical and referee checks been carried out for all current placements by CYFS under referral by the Youth Court; if not, why not?

6. COLIN KING to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How is the Government working to encourage economic growth with a more highly skilled workforce?

7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?

8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding SOE chief executive salaries that “There’s a couple of bigger pay increases, I think three with the energy companies, which will be probably related to the share float that’s coming”; if so, does he support the $451,873 pay increase for the Chief Executive of Mighty River Power whose pay is increasing from $1,317,469 to $1,769,342?

9. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Associate Minister of Transport: What reports has he received on the public’s understanding of the new give way rules?

10. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all the answers given on his behalf to Oral Question No. 6 on Thursday, 21 June?

11. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree with Bay of Plenty Regional Council Pollution Prevention Manager, Nick Zaman, that “courts, council and the wider community will not tolerate the pollution of our environment” and if so, what action will she take to encourage farmers and farm owners to comply with their legal responsibilities to protect waterways?

12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister of Broadcasting: In the light of the latest monthly audience figures by Nielson, which show almost 1.6 million New Zealanders watched TVNZ7 in May, an increase of nearly 120,000 viewers in just one month, is he now prepared to recommend that the Government review its decision not to provide further funding so that TVNZ7, the only nationwide public broadcast television station, can continue operation beyond 30 June?


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