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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 8 February

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 8 February 2000

Questions to Ministers

Question 1.

Dianne Yates to the Prime Minister:

Q: What progress has the Government made towards achieving the commitments set out on Labour's commitment card?

Question 2.

Rt Hon Jenny Shipley to the Prime Minister:

Q: On the basis of what information did she make the statement, as reported on today's Morning Report, that "There's no evidence to suggest that private insurers do a better or more cost effective job in the area than a single state run scheme."?

Question 3.

Jeanette Fitzsimons to the Prime Minister:

Q: Does New Zealand's hosting of the Science Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change next week signal an intention by the Government to show international leadership on reducing greenhouse gases and to set an example in domestic policy?

Question 4.

Rt Hon Jenny Shipley to the Prime Minister:

Q: Why did the Government agree to superannuation arrangements with the former Commissioner of Police worth $4,500 per year for the rest of his life to get him to undertake six months' work on Maori crime prevention when Mr Doone has stated that his decision to resign was made independently and prior to any offer of a settlement package and her comments that her Government "does not wish to start its term by making payments to people for doing nothing"?

Question 5.

Judy Keall to the Minister of Social Services and Employment:

Q: What factors were taken into account when determining the size of the recently announced increase in New Zealand superannuation?

Question 6.

Rodney Hide to the Minister of Finance:

Q: What is Treasury's estimate for a married couple's pension, set at 65% of the average wage, on 1 April 2003 using the old average wage measure, and what is its estimate using the new average wage measure announced at the beginning of this year?

Question 7.

Grant Gillon to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development:

Q: What is the expected effect on regional development of the Government's $21.42c a week increase in the base rate of New Zealand superannuation?

Question 8.

Dr Nick Smith to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education):

Q: What discussions did he have with the Chancellor of Victoria University regarding the resignation of the Vice Chancellor, and when did those discussions take place?

Question 9.

Helen Duncan to the Minister of Education:

Q: What reports has he received on the cost of education initiatives?

Question 10.

Tony Ryall to the Minister for Broadcasting:

Q: What directions does she intend to give to the board of Television New Zealand on the handling of contracts for its channels' presenters?

Question 11.

Graham Kelly to the Minister of Defence:

Q: What insights did he get from his visit to East Timor in relation to New Zealand's Defence Force?

Question 12.

Belinda Vernon to the Minister of Social Services and Employment:

Q: Whom did he consult on his decision to scrap the compulsory budget advice scheme for beneficiaries in receipt of more than three special needs grants from Work and Income New Zealand within one year?

Questions to Members

Question 1.

Hon Ken Shirley to the Chairperson of the Committee on the Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Bill:

Q: Has the committee decided how many of the submitters requesting to be heard by the committee will have an opportunity to present their evidence; if so, what is that number?

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