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Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 22 February

Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 22 February 2000

1. Mark Peck to the Minister of Revenue: Is the Government considering reducing the rate of tax levied on fringe benefits supplied to low and middle income individuals; if so, why?

2. Rt Hon. Jenny Shipley to the Prime Minister: What evidence did she have to back up her statement reported in the Dominion of 14 February that the comments by Judy Bailey and Richard Long in the Sunday Star Times were a "jack-up"?

3. Willie Jackson to the Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Official Development Assistance): What reports has he received on the impact of New Zealand's official development assistance to East Timor and what plans are there for further aid to East Timor?

4. Hon. Dr Nick Smith to the Attorney-General: What discussions has she had with the Chancellor of Victoria University regarding the resignation of the University's Vice-Chancellor?

5. Mahara Okeroa to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: Did his trip to Bangkok and Singapore do anything to improve New Zealand's trade prospects?

6. Hon. Murray McCully to the Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Auckland Issues: What advice has she given the Prime Minister on a review of Infrastructure Auckland?

7. Dr Muriel Newman to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: In view of the ongoing problems with WINZ, which of his positions on chief executive Christine Rankin applies today: last year's calls for her resignation, or his reported statement that she was an impressive and dedicated public servant, or that "the buck certainly stops with Mrs Rankin" and that "We will be holding WINZ accountable ..."?

8. Martin Gallagher to the Minister of State Services: What reports has he received concerning lessons to be learnt from the INCIS debacle?

9. Gerry Brownlee to the Minister for Accident Insurance: Will employers who qualify for the proposed new accredited employers' scheme be able to self-insure or re-insure with the private sector?

10. Hon. Bill English to the Minister of Finance: Is it Government policy to amend the Public Finance Act to empower the Government to remove money from departments which fail to deliver results to Maori?

11. Graham Kelly to the Minister for Accident Insurance: What benefits, if any, have been achieved from meeting industry organisations regarding the proposed repeal of the Accident Insurance Act?

12. Hon. Georgina Te Heu heu to the Minister of Broadcasting: Has she received a report recommending freezing tenders for Maori language programmes?

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