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Questions Of The Day - Thursday, 17 February 2000

Thursday, 17 February 2000

Questions to Ministers

    1. Hon. Dr Nick Smith to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Can he confirm that the first discussions he had with the Chancellor of Victoria University regarding the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor were on 13 January 2000?

    2. Rodney Hide to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Is he satisfied with Work and Income NZ's handling of student allowances since he took over; if not, what is he doing about it?

    3. Graham Kelly to the Minister for Accident Insurance: Has he facilitated any meetings between ACC and representatives of the insurance industry regarding the proposed repeal of the Accident Insurance Act 1998?

    4. Kevin Campbell to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: Has he received any reports which indicate the level of support for the Government's regional development policies?

    5. Gerry Brownlee to the Minister for Accident Insurance: Having confirmed, in reply to oral question No. 9 yesterday, that it is Government policy for there to be no new private insurance arrangements for workplace cover after 1 April 2000, what did he mean when he said that within the Accredited Employer Programme "there may be some limited possibilities with that"?

    6. Nandor Tanczos to the Minister of Corrections: Will proposals for a new regional prison in Northland proceed despite the reported withdrawal of Ngati Rangi trustees from a deal involving their land at Ngawha; if so, why?

    7. Katherine Rich to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does she agree with the reported comments of the Prime Minister regarding a television presenter's salary that "there is public revulsion at the level of income"?

    8. H V Ross Robertson to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does the Government intend to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; if so, why?

    9. Richard Worth to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What consumer affairs issues did she believe were at stake when she indicated she would instruct her officials to undertake a Fair Trading Act investigation into the Wellington City Council over variations to its resource management plan?

    10. R Doug Woolerton to the Minister of Forestry: As the Government has moved to cease the selective logging of native forest on the South Island's West Coast, what measures will it implement to immediately replace the resulting lost employment and economic opportunities?

    11. Pansy Wong to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs: Has he, in his ministerial capacity, engaged in any consultation with ethnic communities on proposals for a quota system for New Zealand broadcasting?

    12. Steve Chadwick to the Minister of Health: Why has the Government decided to fund the 24-hour Plunket Line service?

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