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Parliamentary questions for 20 March 2018

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 for the 70th session of the 13th Parliament.

*7 oral questions and 3 written questions had been scheduled to be asked.

At the commencement of Public Business, 1 Government Bill will be introduced:

  1. Vulnerable Adults Bill – (Minister for Social and Family Development),

and 5 Government Bills will be read for the 2nd time:

  1. Parking Places (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 18/2018] – (Minister for Transport) – Second Reading.
  2. Carbon Pricing Bill [Bill No. 17/2018] – (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources) – Second Reading.
  3. Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 16/2018] – (Minister for Law) – Second Reading.
  4. Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill [Bill No. 11/2018] – (Minister for Home Affairs) – Second Reading. Notes and amendments on this Bill could be found in Supplement No. 12 dated 20 March 2018.
  5. Films (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 10/2018] – (Minister for Communications and Information) – Second Reading.

Below are the questions filed towards the various Ministers

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Prime Minister

Prime Minister

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Transport

Minister for Transport

Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) in the past three years, what is the average number of seniors who tap their senior citizen's card at signalised pedestrian crossings in using the Green Man Plus scheme; and (b) what are the plans to raise awareness of this scheme to get more elderly to tap their card.

Minister for National Development

Minister for National Development

Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) with the implementation of parking.sg, whether there are plans to remove the gantry barriers in all URA and HDB carparks; (b) what is the feedback on the app's accuracy of parking lot availability; and (c) what plans does the Ministry have to improve the app.

Minister for Health

Minister for Health

*Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Health (a) what is the process for family members of patients who are under palliative care to access counselling services; (b) at what stage of the patient's end journey will counselling be provided for the family members; and (c) what is being done to create awareness of this service.

*Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Minister for Health (a) how many senior citizens currently suffer from incontinence; (b) what is the average cost to treat this illness; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider providing more subsidies for incontinence treatment so as to enable more senior citizens to seek treatment early.

Minister for Home Affairs

Minister for Home Affairs

*Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many cases of small fires on expressways or roads have been reported in the last five years; and (b) how many of these fires have been caused by errant motorists or motorcyclists who throw their cigarette butts onto the central dividers or roadside plants and trees.

*Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) when will work begin on the installation of smoke and fire alarms for HDB rental flats; (b) which housing estates will be covered in the initial stage; and (c) how long will this exercise take to complete the installation for all rental flats.

Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) in 2016-17, how many complaints have the Traffic Police received about noisy speeding vehicles at Yishun Avenue 1 particularly at night; (b) what enforcement action has been taken; and (c) whether speed cameras can be installed to check on the speedsters.

Minister for Communications and Information

Minister for Communications and Information

Minister for Finance

Minister for Finance

Minister for Education

Minister for Education

*Mr Murali Pillai: To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) whether it is feasible to scan or digitise examination scripts before sending them to Cambridge Assessment in the United Kingdom for marking so as to better deal with incidents of scripts being misplaced or stolen.

Minister for Law

Minister for Law

Minister for Manpower

Minister for Manpower

*Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) in 2017, how many mediations have been handled by the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM); (b) what have been the outcomes; and (c) when either party refuses to attend the mediation session, what are the options offered under TADM.

Minister for Social and Family Development

Minister for Social and Family Development

Minister for Trade and Industry

Minister for Trade and Industry

Minister for the Culture, Community and Youth

Minister for the Culture, Community and Youth

Minister for Defence

Minister for Defence

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

*Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) whether he can provide an update on how many households, companies and businesses currently practise recycling of recyclable items respectively; and (b) how extensively are recycling bins used within our housing estates and public places.

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