Parliament Today 7 November 2013

Questions for Oral Answer.

Questions to Ministers 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM.

  1. DENIS O’ROURKE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Is he satisfied with progress on all aspects of the Canterbury earthquake recovery?
  2. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Police investigation of alleged sexual violation against young women and underage girls in West Auckland?
  3. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the National-led Government made in building a more productive and competitive economy capable of supporting more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Police: When was she first advised that Police had received a complaint from a girl who alleged she had been raped by members of a group calling themselves the Roast Busters?
  5. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: Will the Government enforce its broadband contract with Chorus?
  6. CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister for the Environment: What announcements has the Government made in relation to the national policy statement for freshwater?
  7. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: What reports has he received on the effect of loan-to-value restrictions on the housing market?
  8. Hon PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister for Social Development: What reports has she received about the number of people receiving benefits?
  9. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: How does women’s participation rate of 1 percent in building and construction industry training assist with the Christchurch rebuild?
  10. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has she made to strengthen the status of the teaching profession?
  11. EUGENIE SAGE to the Associate Minister of Health: Does she agree with the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health that increasing nitrate levels in Canterbury groundwater are a health risk, particularly for pregnant women and babies; if not, why not?
  12. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Finance: What is his budget plan, if any, to immediately address growing poverty in New Zealand, which has got so bad that charitable organisations have today said they are expecting an influx of more than 40,000 struggling families for Christmas dinner because they can’t afford to put food on the table?

Today Labour are asking four questions.  Labour are asking about the Roastbusters affair, the governments broadband contract with Chorus, loan-to-value lending ratios, and the participation of women in the Canterbury rebuild. The Greens are also asking about the Roastbusters affair and Canterbury groundwater. New Zealand first is asking about the Canterbury rebuild. Mana is asking about poverty.

Patsy of the day goes to Cam Calder for Question 10: What recent announcements has she made to strengthen the status of the teaching profession?

Government Bills 3.00 PM – 6.00 PM

1. New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill – Committee Stage

2. Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill

The New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce. The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to an agreement between SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and the Crown called the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement.

The Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment) Bill is being guided through the house by the Minister for Housing, Nick Smith.  This bill provides a framework for the future provision of social housing.