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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 4 April

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

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
Tuesday, 4 April 2000

Questions to Ministers

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1. Rt Hon. Jenny Shipley to the Prime Minister: Will she be taking up the invitation of the West Coast member, Damien O'Connor, reported in yesterday's Press, that she should visit the region to talk to the people affected by the Government's policies?

2. Clayton Cosgrove to the Minister of Finance: What response has he received to the Government revenue and expenditure policies which came into effect on 1 April 2000?

3. Hon. Richard Prebble to the Attorney-General: Is she concerned that the political neutrality of the judiciary is being undermined by their participation in the Constitutional Conference in the Legislative Council Chamber where issues like the desirability of homelands for Maori are likely to be advocated?

4. Sue Kedgley to the Minister of Agriculture: Does the Government share the Green Party's abhorrence of the treatment of 25,000 sows in New Zealand that are housed in dry sow stalls for four months at a time where they cannot move or turn around; if so, will he make clear to the pork industry that the dry sow stall must be phased out?

5. Hon. Dr Nick Smith to the Minister for Economic Development: Will the Ministry of Economic Development be conducting a "comprehensive socio-economic impact study and report into the effects of (the Government's) indigenous forest policies on the communities of the West Coast" as unanimously called for by over 4,000 people on the West Coast on Saturday; if not, why not?

6. Mark Peck to the Minister of Finance: What action, if any, is the Government taking to improve the performance of the Government Superannuation Fund?

7. Phil Heatley to the Minister of Finance: What economic analysis was undertaken by Treasury leading to the claim by the Deputy Prime Minister that "I would be surprised if the $100 million offered to the West Coast ... did not create at least 2,000 new jobs."?

8. Graham Kelly to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What were the principal objectives of his visit to Korea last week?

9. Hon. Roger Sowry to the Prime Minister: Is she satisfied with the quality of policy advice officials are providing to Cabinet; if not, what has she done about it?

10. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What action will she take to promote the Government's Heart of the Nation plan?

11. Stephen Franks to the Minister of Corrections: What steps is he taking to ensure that there will be adequate prison capacity to accommodate the potential increase in prison numbers if the Bail Bill becomes law?

12. Hon. Murray McCully to the Minister of Local Government: What is her response to the announcement by the remaining Rodney District Councillors that they intend to appoint new councillors rather than filling vacant positions through by-elections?

Tuesday, 4 April 2000

Questions to Members

1. Hon. Peter Dunne to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: When will the committee consider my petiton, co-signed by 24,155 others, calling on the Government to set aside the funding to enable the construction of the Transmission Gully highway?

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