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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 16 March

Today's questions for oral answer by Ministers. Paraphrased answers will be posted in the Headlines wire shortly after 3pm.


Thursday, 16 March 2000

Questions to Ministers

    1. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Is he concerned at recent reports which indicate that employers, particularly those in manufacturing, engineering and commerce, are finding skill shortages a critical issue?

    2. Hon. Max Bradford to the Minister of Labour: Has she sought or received any reports from officials on the impact of the Employment Relations Bill on employment if it is enacted; if not, why not?

    3. Grant Gillon to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Is she proposing to follow up on the free phone 0800 number, which gave consumers an easy means to express their experiences of the electricity industry, by establishing similar free phone 0800 numbers to allow her ministry to hear the views of consumers on other service industries; if so, which industries?

    4. Hon. Dr Nick Smith to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Why did he decline a request from WINZ officials for additional funding for an advertising campaign to help ensure the smooth administration of student loans?

    5. Jeanette Fitzsimons to the Minister for Biosecurity: What percentage of shipping containers imported into New Zealand undergo full internal and six-sided inspection for biosecurity risk material and what percentage of those containers that are fully inspected are found to be contaminated?

    6. Dr Muriel Newman to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Does he believe there are any further matters related to the charter flight incident, following the out of court settlement between Christine Rankin and the former senior manager, that require answers; if so, what are those matters?

    7. Ron Mark to the Minister of Health: Does she believe that the recent death of David Israel whilst in the care of Good Health Wanganui is indicative of a failing mental health service; if not, why not?

    8. Hon. David Carter to the Minister of Tourism: Does he have confidence in the chief executive of Tourism New Zealand?

    9. Jill Pettis to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What are the advantages to the New Zealand consumer of the draft food standards code between New Zealand and Australia that was announced yesterday?

    10. Rt Hon. Wyatt Creech to the Minister of Health: Has she met the deadline outlined in her Cabinet paper for the ministerial committee to determine the preferred organisational structure for district health boards and options for partnership with Maori?

    11. David Benson-Pope to the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control: What support has he received for his proposal for a Southern Hemisphere nuclear-weapons-free zone?

    12. Hon. Bill English to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: Has he consulted the Minister of Finance or the Treasury on the establishment of a new State bank that he mentioned when releasing industry development policy on 29 February; if so, when?

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