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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday 13 June

Paraphrased answers to today's questions for answer by Ministers and Members will be posted in the Headlines wire after 3pm.




1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Revenue: Does the Government have a mandate to make research and development expenditure tax deductible?

2. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: What economic indicators have been released in the last week?

3. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Minister of Labour: Has the Government agreed to leave the law as it currently stands regarding independent contractors in order to carry out her undertaking that no contractor will be forced to change their employment status?

4. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: Do the Budget projections taken into account the impact of abolishing the Employment Contracts Act, renationalising accident insurance and increasing taxes; if not, why not?

5. TONY STEEL to the Minister of Corrections: Did he discuss an extension of the home detention scheme with his Cabinet colleagues before his announcements in the weekend?

6. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Justice: How will the victims of crime package, announced yesterday, assist victims?

7. Rt Hon WYATT CREECH to the Minister of Health: Can she guarantee that the Government will not close rural hospitals?

8. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: Has the money allocated for mental health services in Northland in the current financial year been fully spent on mental health services; if not, why not?

9. Hon JOHN LUXTON to the Treasurer: Does the Government have a mandate to bring in export credit guarantees?

10. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Energy: What are the key findings of the ministerial inquiry into the electricity industry?

11. GERRARD ECKHOFF to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: How many people were registered unemployed in Napier and Hastings in March and April 2000 and why were they not directed to local orchardists who were, according to the chairman of the National Pipfruit Growers Inc, "short of over 1,000 pickers in Hawkes Bay this year"?

12. CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Immigration: What recent changes has she made to the working holiday visa scheme?


1. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Chairperson of the Employment and Accident Insurance Legislation Committee: Will he decline to call the next meeting of the committee until the Government has consulted with the Employers Federation, the Council of Trade Unions and the Alliance over changes to the Employment Relations Bill; if not, why not?

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