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Questions for Oral Answer - May 8


1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he agree with his Minister of Finance that New Zealanders are not paying too much for electricity?

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

3. Hon KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Government’s finances?

4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding the electricity market that: “Public monopolies will always rip off the consumer”; if so, by how much have residential power prices excluding lines charges gone up in nominal terms since November 2008 according to the Ministry of Economic Development’s Domestic Electricity Prices Survey?

5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Science and Innovation: What initiatives has the Government announced to invest more in science?

6. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Education: Does she agree with Natasha Sadler from Ngāti Wai that the whānau-engagement aspect of Partnership Schools Kura Hourua provides an opportunity for improved educational outcomes for Māori children; if so, has she heard this view from other Māori organisations about this policy?

7. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he agree with the statement from the Report of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety established by his Government in June 2012 that “the fact is that a lot of bad things happen to people at work in New Zealand”?

8. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What is the average waiting time in hospital accident and emergency departments?

9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received regarding improved services for dementia patients?

10. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Minister of Defence: Does he agree with reported statements that New Zealand Defence Force personnel in Crib 19 were sent to Afghanistan without full pre-deployment training, given that their commanding officer believed they were not adequately prepared but felt he had no choice but to deploy them anyway?

11. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Education: What recent announcement has she made about the Government’s commitment to support parents and communities to raise educational achievement?

12. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his answer to Written Parliamentary Question No 4253 (2013) that he “neither agree[s] nor disagree[s]” with State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie that the phone call he made to Ian Fletcher about the position of Director of GCSB should have been made by Mr Rennie; if so, what view other than agreement or disagreement does he have?

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