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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER - Wednesday, 10 May 2000

Wednesday, 10 May 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon. Max Bradford to the Minister of Labour: Does she still hold the view, in relation to independent contractors, that under the Employment Relations Bill "No one is forced to change their employment status."?

2. David Cunliffe to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports on Television New Zealand Limited's business plans has he received?

3. Rt Hon. Wyatt Creech to the Minister of Health: Will she accept the finding of the Health Funding Authority report that seven-day-a-week general surgery at Thames Hospital cannot be justified or will she direct the Health Funding Authority to purchase seven-day surgical services?

4. Rt Hon. Winston Peters to the Minister for State-Owned Enterprises: Which companies were invited to tender for the replacement of New Zealand's air traffic control system, recently awarded to Lockheed Martin, and when were the tenders called?

5. Stephen Franks to the Attorney-General: What advice did she, as Attorney-General, give the Prime Minister to ensure that Cabinet supported constitutional conventions and did not make prejudgments that could undermine the objective inquiries on the Waitara shooting?

6. David Benson-Pope to the Minister of State Services: What are the key findings of the Hunn report into the Department of Work and Income?

7. Hon. Tony Ryall to the Prime Minister: Does she welcome the endorsement by the Mayor-elect of London, Ken Livingstone, who reportedly said of her Government's policies, "Tony Blair should follow the New Zealand example."?

8. Jeanette Fitzsimons to the Minister of Energy: Why has he stated, in relation to a Cabinet committee which is to consider carbon taxes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, that there was no suggestion that a carbon tax would be introduced before the next election?

9. Rt Hon. Wyatt Creech to the Minister of Health: What percentage, if any, of the extra $20 million to be raised this year from raising tobacco excise will be spent on smoking cessation programmes?

10. Mita Ririnui to the Minister of Mâori Affairs: What benefits for Maori does the Government expect from the work of the Closing The Gaps Committee?

11. Hon. Murray McCully to the Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Auckland Issues: Has she given the Prime Minister any recent advice on progress with the review of Infrastructure Auckland?

12. Harry Duynhoven to the Minister of Police: What information has he received on plans to cut Police spending?


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