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Questions For Oral Answer October 20


QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding the Government’s fiscal approach that “we decided to support the most vulnerable, maintain benefits and focus on better public services, rather than cut spending”?

2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement made five years ago that “Looking four, five, ten years into the future I’d hate to see New Zealanders as tenants in their own country”?

3. SIMON O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm the number of referrals from B4 School Checks for obesity-related advice and support is expected to treble as a result of the childhood obesity package announced yesterday?

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: What discussions has the National-led Government had with KiwiRail about plans for railways in Northland?

5. JAMES SHAW to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What specific instructions has he given to the New Zealand delegation to take to the Bonn Climate Change Conference this week?

6. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Building and Housing: Is the reason he does not support banning non-resident foreign buyers from purchasing existing homes, that he agrees with the Prime Minister that the Australian Government’s housing policy has been “spectacularly unsuccessful”?

7. ALFRED NGARO to the Minister of Transport: What recent reports has he seen on progress with the Government’s Waterview Connection Project in Auckland?

8. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that the interventions announced yesterday will be effective against the key environmental drivers of obesity, given that one third of New Zealand children are overweight?

9. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Health: Does he agree with his colleague Hon Anne Tolley’s statement that children who need “that instant hit of carbohydrates, a pie might not be a bad thing,” and her subsequent decision to scrap healthy eating guidelines in schools in 2009?

10. TODD BARCLAY to the Minister for Communications: What recent announcements has she made regarding rural connectivity?

11. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission: How many homes have been inspected by the Earthquake Commission’s team of 35 staff set up to deal with defective repairs, since this team was announced five weeks ago?

12. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Statistics: What recent announcement has the Government made on the Data Futures Partnership?

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