Parliament 27 May 2015

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance when he said of the delivery of social services, “There is no evidence at all that contracting out, as the member calls it, will reduce service provision.”?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing, given that the Minister is considering building houses in Auckland on the site of an electrical substation?
  3. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s plan to manage spending and start paying down debt?
  4. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: What advice has she received through report back from officials in March this year about Māori participation in local government processes, and what consideration, if any, has been given by her as a result of that advice?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “we would expect to be able to continue to expand the use of user charges”; if so, what further user charges will he introduce?
  6. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: How is the Government assisting New Zealand students who need the most support?
  7. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much smaller in percentage terms is the floor area of the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre announced yesterday when compared to the 10,000 square metre exhibition space heralded in 2011 when SkyCity became the Government’s preferred development partner; and how many fewer exhibitors does such a reduction represent in a “world-class convention centre”?
  8. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: What action is the Government taking to improve the quality of financial advice?
  9. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Who was paid the first $4 million in respect of the multimillion dollar payments to Saudi Arabian interests referred to in the Cabinet paper of 13 February 2013 he tabled yesterday, and how was the value calculated and split between “intellectual property which the Saudi investor brings to the platform, the services and in-market networks he will contribute” and “the settlement of the long-running dispute”?
  11. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister for Land Information: What work is she aware of that has been completed to safeguard New Zealand’s historic aerial photo collection?
  12. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he believe Hong Kong-based He Run International Investment’s plan to build a dairy factory in Otorohanga will benefit the Waikato and wider New Zealand dairy industry; if so, why?

National: Four patsies on Budget 2015, NZ student support, financial advice and historic aerial photos

Labour: Four questions on Auckland housing, user charges, Sky City and the Saudi Arabia farm

Greens: One question on PM standing by his statements

NZ First: Two question on social services contracting and foreign investment

Maori Party: One question on Maori participation in local government

Budget Debate 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

The Budget debate has 7 hours and 47 minutes remaining of the 15 hours allocated. They should get through 5.5 hours today. Each remaining MP can speak for up to 10 minutes, and the Minister of Finance has a final 10 minute right of reply.

Technically it is the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill.

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