Parliamentary Questions from Louis Ng from 8th to 10th Jan 2018
1.To ask the Minister for National Development
(a) what are the criteria that single unwed parents under the age of 35 need to fulfill before their applications or appeals are approved to
(i) purchase a flat from HDB
(ii) rent a flat from HDB;
(b) what are the objective criteria used to determine if such unwed parents are able to continue living with their parents; and
(c) what are the criteria used to determine if such unwed parents are able to afford other housing options.
2.To ask the Minister for National Development
(a) whether divorcees with joint custody of their children may apply for subsidised public housing without their ex-spouse’s consent;
(b) if so, how many of such applications have been approved each year in the last three years; and
(c) under what criteria are these applications approved.
3.To ask the Minister for Finance what is the rationale behind the payment of tax by national servicemen on the NS Excellence Award which they obtain for good performance during in-camp training.
4. To ask the Prime Minister
(a) whether the Civil Service appraisal system is still based on the Current Estimated Potential (CEP) framework and annual performance reviews;
(b) since August 2016, what further measures have been developed to make giving timely feedback to one another a cultural norm within the Civil Service; and
(c) in what ways does the Civil Service appraisal system encourage innovative thinking and flexible implementation of policies by civil servants
5. To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development
(a) in each of the past three years, how many juveniles have been referred by the Ministry or ordered by the courts to be admitted into places of safety as defined in the Children and Young Persons Act respectively; and
(b) how many of such juveniles admitted into these places of safety have at least one parent who is incarcerated or has been incarcerated before.