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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday June 1

Paraphrased answers to today's questions will be posted in the Headlines wire after 3pm.

THURSDAY, 1 JUNE 2000

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

Question 1.

GRANT GILLON to the Minister for Economic Development:

Q: Has he received any reports which indicate the level of public support for the proposed "Kiwi Bank"; if so, what do these reports indicate?

Question 2.

Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Minister of Labour:

Q: Is Government policy on altering the Employment Relations Bill more correctly reflected in the Prime Minister’s comment that "change will be as significant as is required to meet reasonable concerns" or in Hon Laila Harr's statement that "If people don't understand the words, then you change the words."?

Question 3.

JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health:

Q: Why has the Government developed and released for consultation the New Zealand Health Strategy?

Question 4.

Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance:

Q: What is the level of support within the Government for the "Kiwi Bank" proposal, and is the proposal likely to be implemented this year?

Question 5.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises:

Q: Has New Zealand Post sustained losses in excess of $100,000 for any period of time due to improper and unauthorised use of franking machines arising from the falsifying of postage documentation or franking machine records for customer company gains?

Question 6.

ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Labour:

Q: What is Government policy on paid parental leave?

Question 7.

DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister for Trade Negotiations:

Q: What are the implications for New Zealand exporters of the introduction of GST in Australia on 1 July and how is the Government assisting them to overcome any difficulties?

Question 8.

Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Women's Affairs:

Q: What is the Government's policy for paid parental leave and when will it be implemented?

Question 9.

SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health:

Q: Will the Government implement Labour's election commitment to "legislate to require that any GM food, whether 'substantially equivalent' or not, and any food derived from GMOs must be labelled as such", even if Australia does not proceed with such a scheme; if so, when?

Question 10.

Hon JOHN LUXTON to the Prime Minister:

Q: Can she explain her reported comments to the joint Northland Federated Farmers and Regional Economic Development Conference 2000 that she was frustrated that five months after the election there was no clear scheme for regional development?

Question 11.

NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education:

Q: What reports, if any, has he received on literacy levels among Maori and Pacific peoples?

Question 12.

GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for Accident Insurance:

Q: Does the Government still intend to "push through another ACC bill by the end of the year", as reported in the Evening Standard of 22 May 2000; if not, why not?

ENDS

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