Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 2 March 200
Today's questions for oral answer....
Questions to Ministers
1. Hon. Georgina te Heuheu to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does she see any merit in a consultative assembly being established for Maori, such as the Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended for Canada, and such as the Finnish and Norwegian Governments have provided for the Saami people?
2. Mark Peck to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports from Moody's Investor Service on New Zealand's credit rating outlook; if so, what did it say?
3. Dr Muriel Newman to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Has he received any information or advice, either written or oral, about what he can or cannot say regarding chief executive officers within his portfolio responsibilities; if so, what was that advice?
4. Kevin Campbell to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What response has her ministry received to the free phone 0800 number established to give electricity consumers an easy means to share their experiences in relation to disconnections, disputes, meter accuracy, and switching electricity companies, and what does her ministry intend to do with the information received from consumers?
5. Hon. Bill English to the Minister of Finance: Since he has said the Ministry of Economic Development's test of success would be the number of jobs it provided, how will he, in his capacity as Minister responsible for the economy, be able to tell whether the so-called "jobs machine" is actually generating new jobs or not?
6. Peter Brown to the Minister for State-Owned Enterprises: How much has been paid to employees, including senior management, of Airways Corporation by way of redundancy, resignation or termination payments in the 12 months to the end of January 2000?
7. Dr the Hon. Lockwood Smith to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he regard the arrangements entered into to ensure Maori have an input into the management of a parcel of high frequency radio waves as a model for dealing with other resource claims by Maori?
8. H V Ross Robertson to the Minister of Revenue: What changes, if any, have been made to tax administration which could assist the Prada team if it returns to New Zealand in a future America's Cup campaign?
9. Hon. John Luxton to the Minister of Labour: What International Labour Organisation conventions does the Government propose to ratify and what steps will she have to take to ensure this happen?
10. Sue Kedgley to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Is there an urgent need to restore consumer confidence in national and international food regulatory authorities; if so, will the Government ensure that a consumer representative is included in the New Zealand delegation to the forthcoming Codex meeting in Japan on the evaluation of the safety and nutritional aspects of foods derived from biotechnology?
11. Dr Wayne Mapp to the Minister of Defence: Did he discuss the concept of "single strategic entity" with the Australian Minister of Defence during his visit to Australia?
12. Dianne Yates to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What has the Government done to ensure faster payment of loans to students?
Questions to Members
1. Gerrard Eckhoff to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: When does the committee propose to hear the petition from the people of Alexandra concerned at the three major floods which have occurred over the last five years?
2. Hon. Richard Prebble to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: As submissions on my Truth in Sentencing Bill closed on 9 July 1999, when will the committee report the bill to the house?
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