Oral Questions – 12 December 2017

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Questions to Ministers

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her Government’s policy to “create more jobs”; if so, can she confirm that over 245,000 jobs have been created in the last 2 years?

WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Reserve Bank?

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: Which statement does he agree with: his statement in the House last week that “no existing and funded roading project other than the East-West Link has been altered by the Government”, or the Minister of Finance’s reported comments, in relation to roading priorities, that “there are other priorities around New Zealand as well, in terms of investing in rail and getting coastal shipping going, improving our regional roads”?   

Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: What was the marginal personal income tax rate paid by someone on the full-time median wage on 1 April 2011, and how does this compare to the expected marginal rate paid by someone on the full-time median wage on 1 April 2018 under his tax package?

JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Education: Does he consider it acceptable that young New Zealanders’ literacy levels have fallen significantly, as measured by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study; if not, how does the Government propose to turn this around?

Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: What measurable outcomes, if any, will his policies deliver?

Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: Will he scrap all public-private partnership arrangements involving school infrastructure; if so, what is the potential cost of doing this?

CHLÖE SWARBRICK to the Associate Minister of Health: What restrictions on surgical mesh has the Government made, in order to protect women’s health?

SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by all his statements in relation to prison population growth?

Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Employment: Does he stand by his statement in the Manukau Courier, “for 9 years we’ve had Government policy which has offered up little more than lip service to job creation”; if so, can he confirm that in the past 2 years an average of more than 10,000 jobs a month have been created in this country?

KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Agriculture: What is he doing to protect and enhance New Zealand’s trade reputation for agricultural exports?

CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Police: Which of the following statements by Jacinda Ardern does he agree with, “… we already budgeted for an extra 1,000 police so that is just an additional $40 million required”; or “the additional police that’s probably one of the larger figures that’s about an extra $80 million in order to fulfil that one”?

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