Parliament Today 20 November 2013

Questions for Oral Answer

Questions to Minister 2.00PM – 3.00PM 

  1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  2. Hon Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Labour: What is he doing to improve industry standards and to resource safety inspectors appropriately in order to respond to analysis from the Chief Coroner that the forestry sector has the nation’s highest rate of workplace injury deaths?
  3. SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has the Government made on the next steps in its share offer programme, which is freeing up money to invest in new public assets without having to borrow from overseas lenders?
  4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No. 9 yesterday?
  5. Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister for Economic Development:How is the Government’s Business Growth Agenda helping to strengthen the New Zealand economy?
  6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister of Immigration; if so, why?
  7. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How much of the over $1 billion announced for refurbishing Christchurch schools last week will come from money the schools were already due to receive in the form of regular property funding, leaky buildings remediation, and insurance payouts?
  8. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Corrections: What recent updates has she received on the use of GPS technology to monitor offenders?
  9. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s statement to the New Zealand petroleum industry annual conference that “This Government is very clear, we won’t let cowboys operate here in New Zealand”?
  10. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Housing: What international reports has he received on how housing affordability can be improved and what lessons can New Zealand learn from these experiences?
  11. DAVID SHEARER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he agree with the Prime Minister’s statement with regard to his conversation with the British Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron, about Sri Lanka, that: “I just sort of said to him ‘where do you think it’s all going?’ I mean, like us, I mean I think everybody is now really focused on what’s the next steps going forward”?
  12. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Health: Does the Government support the fluoridation of water supplies?

Today Labour are asking four questions. These are about whether the Prime Minister stands by all his statements, waiting lists at hospitals, funding for Christchurch schools, and relations with Sri Lanka. The Greens are asking about oil drilling. New Zealand First is asking about Immigration.

Patsy question of the day goes to Louise Upston for Question 8: What recent updates has she received on the use of GPS technology to monitor offenders?

Government Bills 3.00PM-6.00PM and 7.30PM-12.00AM. (The House is sitting under Urgency)

1. Game Animal Council Bill – Second Reading

2. Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill – Second Reading

3. Building Amendment Bill (No 4) – Committee Stage

4.Financial Reporting Bill – Committee Stage

5. Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Covered Bonds) Amendment Bill  – Committee Stage

The Game Animal Council Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Conservation, Dr Nick Smith. This bill establishes the Game Hunting Council as part of a national wild game management strategy.

The Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Maori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples. This bill amends the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003 following the report of a review panel comprising the Minister of Maori Affairs, the Minister of Finance, and the chairperson of Te Putahi Paoho.

The Building Amendment Bill (No 4) is being guided through the house by the Minister for Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson. This bill implements policy decisions of the Building Act Review to provide incentives for building professionals and trades people to take responsibility for their work and to stand behind it.

The Financial Reporting Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Commerce, Craig Foss. The purpose of the bill is to improve the financial reporting system by making general-purpose financial reporting consistent with the primary objective of the financial reporting system, which is to provide information to external users who have a need for an entity’s financial statements but are unable to demand them.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Covered Bonds) Amendment Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister of Finance, Bill English. This bill seeks to establish a legislative framework for covered bonds.

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