Parliament 8 March 2016

The order paper is here.

Oral Questions 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

  1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about progress in improving New Zealand’s external financial position – particularly in bringing down the longstanding current account deficit?
  2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers?
  4. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises:Does he support Landcorp’s recent decision to significantly reduce its dairy footprint?
  5. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm preliminary data from the National Patient Flow Project, which shows that 90 percent of patients referred by their GP to a hospital specialist between 1 July and 30 September 2015 were accepted for a First Specialist Assessment?
  6. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he informed that the Ministry of Health request for a capital injection to fund the fit out of its new headquarters was not supported by Treasury, and “exposed a serious failure of financial management within the Ministry”?
  7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  8. JAN LOGIE to the Prime Minister: Will he return the Minister for Women to Cabinet, to mark International Women’s Day?
  9. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that “when the primary sector sneezes, the New Zealand economy catches a cold”?
  10. PAUL FOSTER-BELL to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on NCEA level 2 results for 2015?
  11. STUART NASH to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Commissioner of Police?
  12. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Trade: What opportunities do businesses and the wider public have to seek information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

National: Four questions on the current account deficit, hospitals, NCEA and TPP

Labour: Four questions on PM confidence in Ministers, Ministry of Health, primary sector and confidence in Police Commissioner

Greens: Two questions on Landcorp and International Women’s Day

NZ First: Two identical questions on PM standing by his statements

Government Bills 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Appropriation (2014/15 Confirmation and Validation) Bill – second reading

This bill confirms and validates unappropriated expenses and capital expenditure incurred for the 2014/15 financial year.

  • Introduced: December 2015
  • 1st reading: March 2016

There is no debate on this second reading.

Employment Standards Legislation Bill – committee stage

This bill deals with zero hour contracts and extends paid parental leave.

  • Introduced: August 2015
  • 1st reading: September 2015, passed 107 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • SC report: February 2016, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 94 to 25 with Greens and NZ First opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage but it is estimated to be a six hour debate as the bill has five parts and preliminary provisions to debate.

There are three SOPs – one each from the Minister Michael Woodhouse, Denise Roche and Clayton Mitchell.

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill – committee stage

The bill proposes amendments to the Building Act 2004 to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

  • Introduced: December 2013
  • 1st reading: March 2014, passed 106 to 14 with Greens opposed
  • Select Committee report: September 2015, supported unanimously with amendments
  • 2nd reading: March 2016, passed 120 to 1 with ACT opposed

There is no time limit for the committee stage but it is estimated to be a three hour debate as the bill has two parts and preliminary provisions to debate.

There is one SOP from the Minister Nick Smith.

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