Parliament 8th November

Questions for Oral Answer 2.00pm 3.00pm

Questions to Ministers.

  1. Hon DAMIEN O’CONNOR to the Prime Minister: Did Hon Kate Wilkinson have Ministerial responsibility for the departmental errors during her term as Minister of Labour which partially contributed to the deaths of 29 miners at Pike River?
  2. TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to support jobs as part of its programme to build a more productive and competitive economy?
  3. RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister for Primary Industries:Does he have confidence in the Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries?
  4. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Finance: What are the estimated costs to the taxpayer resulting from the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill?
  5. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development:Does she stand by all her statements relating to the departure of the Ministry of Social Development Deputy Chief Executive, Janet Grossman?
  6. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Science and Innovation:How is the Government using science to address some of the biggest challenges facing New Zealand?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: What assurances did Hon Steven Joyce give Snapper CEO Miki Szikszai in relation to Snapper’s participation in the Auckland integrated ticketing arrangement when they met on 3 March 2012?
  8. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Justice: What is the Government doing to further protect victims from their attackers?
  9. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What percentage of New Zealand homes did the Government commit in 2008 would be connected to Ultra Fast Broadband within 10 years?
  10. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making on improving the regulation of natural health products?
  11. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he regard the input and engagement of clinicians and the public to be critical to the achievement of his targets for DHB performance?
  12. TRACEY MARTIN to the Minister of Education: Is she satisfied with the way schools are funded?

Today there are four questions to ministers from National, four from Labour, two from the Greens and two from New Zealand First.

Labour is asking about Pike River and the Ministerial Responsibility relating to the tragedy, the departure of an Ministry of Social Development Deputy Chief Executive, Snapper’s participation in the Auckland integrated ticketing and the Ultra Fast Broadband roll out.  The Greens are asking about the Emissions Trading Scheme and DHB Performance. NZ First are asking about the Ministry for Primary Industries and school funding.

Patsy of the day goes to Shane Adern for Q.10  What progress is the Government making on improving the regulation of natural health products?

Government Bills 4.00pm to 6.00pm and 7.30pm to 10.00pm.

1. Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. (Third Reading, Continued)

2. Advanced Technology Institute Bill.  (Second Reading)

3. State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill.  (First Reading)

The Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill  is being guided through its Third Reading by Tim Groser. The aim of this Bill is to amend the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (the Act) to modify the emissions trading scheme (ETS), provide further regulation-making powers and to make “technical and operational changes.

The Advanced Technology Institute Bill was first introduced by Steven Joyce in September 2012. The aim of this Bill is to establish a new statutory Crown entity, the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), with the purpose of supporting businesses, primarily in the manufacturing sector and services sector, to improve their competitiveness and growth through science and technology-based innovation and its commercialisation.

The State Sector and Public Finance Reform Billis being introduced for the first time by Jonathan Coleman. This bill amends the main statutes governing the management of the State sector and public finances in New Zealand.

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