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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday 10 November 2016

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr PARMJEET PARMAR to the Minister of Finance: What factors show the New Zealand economy is well placed to withstand international uncertainty?

2. MARAMA FOX to the Minister for the Environment: How do Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreements strengthen iwi participation under the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill?

3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement, “we are focused on results”?

4. JOANNE HAYES to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that 10,376 extra orthopaedic First Specialist Assessments were carried out in 2015/16, compared with the 43,251 carried out in 2008/09, meaning a total 53,627 orthopaedic assessments were carried out?

5. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: Does she agree with Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive Bernie Smith that the Government lacks a cohesive emergency housing plan, and Salvation Army social policy director Ian Hutson who says permanent accommodation is still lacking?

6. MATT DOOCEY to the Minister of Transport: What progress has the Government made with its Roads of National Significance Programme in Canterbury?

7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill contains “at least three significant and dangerous trends” including “Greater Ministerial control and centralised decision-making” and “Reduced opportunities for public participation”?

8. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Minister for the Environment: Why did he announce yesterday that he is going to seek the approval of Parliament to refer the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill back to select committee given that so many councils, environmental groups, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and the Law Society have criticised the bill?

9. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Tourism: What announcements has the Government made about supporting tourism in regional New Zealand?

10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he agree with the Auditor-General’s finding regarding the Saudi sheep deal that his Cabinet paper had significant shortcomings and Cabinet was provided a “lack of robust analysis”; if so, does he accept responsibility for failing to provide Cabinet with a robust analysis and quality information?

11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements; if so, how?

12. STUART SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: What announcements has she made on tackling the problem of wilding conifers?

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