Parliament Today 30 July 2013

Questions for Oral Answer. 2.00 PM -3.00 PM

Questions to Ministers.

  1. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Did his Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, advise Parliamentary Service that United Future Leader Hon Peter Dunne had agreed to cooperate with the Henry inquiry and had consented to releasing his electronic phone logs; if so, why?
  3. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business confidence and intentions among companies to invest and hire more staff?
  4. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that “High house prices matter because many New Zealanders spend a large portion of their incomes on housing and that has helped fuel household debt and contribute to damaging imbalances in the economy”?
  5. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  7. EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What percentage of sites identified as a river in theSuitability for Swimming indicator report released yesterday were categorised as “Very Good” or “Good” and therefore were safe for swimming?
  8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister for Social Development: What announcements has she made about the first Children’s Teams, part of the Government’s Children’s Action Plan?
  9. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance that “The Government is focusing on ensuring that every teacher put in front of our children is competent”?
  10. MIKE SABIN to the Associate Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made regarding school property?
  11. DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  12. JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing to improve border processing?

Today Labour are asking four questions today. Labour are asking the Prime Minister whether he stands by his statements twice (yes, twice!), high house prices and teacher numbers. The Greens are asking two questions, about the Henry Inquiry and river pollution. New Zealand First is asking one question, about whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements.

Patsy of the day goes to Dr Cam Calder for Question 5: What steps is the Government taking to raise achievement and participation in tertiary education by students in South Auckland?

Government Bills 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM and 7.30 PM – 10.00 PM.

1. Appropriation (2013/14 Estimates) Bill – Committee Stage

2. Resource Management Reform Bill–  Committee Stage

3. Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill – Third Reading

4. Statutes Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

The Appropriation (2013/2014 Estimates) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill relates to the Budget, and seeks parliamentary authorisation for the individual appropriations contained in The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the year ending 30 June 2014 

The Resource Management Reform Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for the Environment, Amy Adams. This is an omnibus bill that proposes amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, and to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The bill aims to make improvements to the consenting regime, provide for the delivery of the first combined plan for Auckland, provide further powers to make regulations, and to make technical and operational changes.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. The bill proposes amendments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate a disciplinary levy and an offences fee prescribed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board. The bill also seeks to extend the Board’s power to impose levies so that it has funding for all of its functions, including the prosecution of non-registered persons.

The Statutes Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Courts, Chester Borrows. This is an omnibus bill. It is designed to provide a legislative vehicle for minor, technical, and non-controversial amendments to thirty existing acts of legislation.

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