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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER - Wednesday, 24 May 2000

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
Wednesday, 24 May 2000

Questions to Ministers


1. Chris Carter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What advice has he received on the significance of yesterday's decision by the Great Council of Chiefs in Fiji?

2. Hon. Bill English to the Minister of Finance: Is it correct that the Government is expecting a fiscal windfall such that it could afford the $146 million arts package?

3. Keith Locke to the Minister of Immigration: Has refugee status been granted to an Algerian asylum seeker imprisoned for over two months; if so, how does she justify such an extended period of detention?

4. Dr the Hon. Lockwood Smith to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he have the full support of the Government for his plans for a Government-owned bank?

5. Damien O'Connor to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What matters will be discussed at the Joint Ministerial Commission with Iran this week?

6. Dr Muriel Newman to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: How much money will be saved by cancelling the accommodation supplement for State housing tenants in each of the next three years?

7. Peter Brown to the Minister of Labour: Has she received any reports on the safety of Tranz Rail staff and whether that safety may be jeopardised by inadequate maintenance of rolling stock or the track network?

8. Hon. Tony Ryall to the Minister of Housing: What is the further work being undertaken on issues surrounding the calculation of income-related rents, mentioned in the Attorney-General's report advising that the Housing Restructuring (Income-Related Rents) Amendment Bill appears to breach the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act?

9. Taito Phillip Field to the Minister of Education: What steps has he taken to improve quality in early childhood education?

10. Hon. Max Bradford to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with Robyn Leeming who today told the New Zealand Employers' Federation that the Employment Relations Bill will include provision for "increased directors' liability, ... significantly greater compliance costs, and most alarmingly, increased powers to strike."?

11. David Benson-Pope to the Minister of Fisheries: What is the Government doing to streamline the process so that the high value and high priority species currently listed in the Fourth Schedule of the Fisheries Act 1996 can be introduced into the quota management system?

12. Anne Tolley to the Associate Minister of Justice: What advice has she received on the likelihood of increased litigation if Supplementary Order Paper No. 25 is incorporated into the Matrimonial Property Amendment Bill?

ENDS

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