Parliamentary Questions by Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang on 3-4 Feb 2020
1) To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(a) by what date will the Ministry collect carbon tax payments for 2019 emissions;
(b) by what date does the Ministry plan to publish the total amount of carbon tax payments collected for 2019 emissions; and
(c) whether the Ministry will consider releasing a breakdown of revenue collected from each taxable facility when the data is available.
2) To ask the Minister for Health
(a) what are the latest findings in the Ministry’s study on creating guidelines to help doctors determine the disability duration for specific injuries when issuing medical leave and light duties to injured workers; and
(b) by what date does the Ministry expect to publish the results of this study.
3) To ask the Prime Minister
(a) whether the Government plans to include climate risk, particularly climate change-related risk, in MAS’ annual industry-wide stress test (IWST), in line with what the Bank of England is doing and what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommends for central banks; and
(b) if not, why the Government is choosing not to do so.
4) To ask the Minister for Home Affairs
(a) for each year in the past five years, how many drivers have been caught for not properly securing passengers who are below 1.35 metres in height with an approved child restraint;
(b) how does the Ministry plan to raise awareness about the legal requirement and safety benefits of using child car seats and booster seats; and
(c) whether the Ministry intends to strengthen legislation on the requirement to use such seats.
5) To ask the Minister for Education what new efforts is the Ministry launching to address attitudes of students and educators towards the sexual objectification, harassment and abuse of women in light of serious concerns over voyeurism cases at the institutes of higher learning.
6) To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(a) for 2019, what has been the absolute and percentage change in total carbon emissions for facilities that paid the carbon tax compared to 2017 and 2018;
(b) when does the Ministry plan to publish this data if it is not yet available; and
(c) whether the Ministry will consider publishing this data on a yearly basis to provide clarity on the emission impact of the carbon tax.
7) To ask the Minister for Manpower
(a) whether the Ministry will be studying the effectiveness of the pilot Household Services Scheme that allows foreign workers to provide domestic services to households;
(b) if so, what factors will be used to determine the effectiveness of the Scheme; and
(c) how long does the Ministry intend to run the pilot before deciding to formalise the Scheme.