Questions to Ministers Nov 5

by Desk Editor on Thursday, November 5, 2015 — 11:55 AM

  1. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: How does growth in the average wage compare to cost of living increases of 0.4 percent over the last year, according to labour market data released by Statistics New Zealand yesterday?
  2. JAMES SHAW to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: Does he have confidence in the NZSIS in light of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s conclusion that the agency did not have “sound compliance procedures and systems in place”; if so, why?
  3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What did he mean by his statement on 29 July that core Crown health expenditure since 2009/10 covers “most, but not all, inflationary pressures”?
  4. JONO NAYLOR to the Minister for Social Development: What is the Government doing to support beneficiaries to find work as part of Budget 2015?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: What was the rate of unemployment and the total number of people unemployed, according to the Household Labour Force Survey, when he took office, and what is that rate and that number now?
  6. NUK KORAKO to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that Canterbury District Health Board is receiving an extra $16 million in funding, which acknowledges Canterbury’s unique circumstances and will see the DHB break even for the 2015/16 year?
  7. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: On what date was he or his office first notified that Agribusiness Training Limited was seriously under-delivering its contracted teaching hours and/or receiving funds to which it had not been entitled?
  8. RON MARK to the Minister in charge of the NZ Security Intelligence Service: What is the Government doing to resource and address national security concerns identified in the Ministerial briefing he received from the NZSIS and GCSB?
  9. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that New Zealand is “the most electric-vehicle-ready country in the world”?
  10. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Transport: What updates can he provide on the Southern Corridor Motorway improvements project in Auckland?
  11. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Trade: What steps, if any, has his Government taken to renegotiate the provisions in the South Korean FTA to ensure New Zealand can ban overseas buyers of our homes since he received the select committee report on the South Korean FTA recommending that this be clarified, noting, as the select committee report did, that the Australian FTA with South Korea does allow Australia to ban overseas buyers of Australian homes?
  12. SCOTT SIMPSON to the Minister of Local Government: What is the Government doing to ensure councils are best placed to support regional economic development?

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