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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 9 August 20

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
Wednesday, 9 August 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. Jeanette Fitzsimons to the Minister of Energy: Can she assure the House that, in international forums, the Government is strongly opposing the inclusion of nuclear power in the set of mechanisms, including the clean development mechanism, available to countries to meet their obligations under the Kyoto Protocol; if not, why not?

2. Hon. Murray McCully to the Prime Minister: Did she at any stage tell Local Government New Zealand that she would not attend this year's conference of that organisation; if so, why?

3. Helen Duncan to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What reports has he received on a strategic direction for tertiary education?

4. Hon. Tony Ryall to the Minister of Corrections: Were there any gaps by his department in the enforcement of the parole conditions of Taffy Herbert Hotene since he was last released from prison?

5. H V Ross Robertson to the Minister of Education: What changes is the Government making to school funding for teaching children with English as a second language?

6. Hon. Murray McCully to the Minister of Local Government: Did she receive advice that she should not communicate with Rodney District Councillors while she was formally considering the appointment of a commission and did she ring the Deputy Mayor regardless of that advice?

7. Georgina Beyer to the Minister of Broadcasting: What action has the Government taken to enable New Zealanders to hear more of their own music on radio and television?

8. Hon. Dr Nick Smith to the Minister of Education: Will families be affected by any increased cost for sitting School Certificate or Bursary exams as a consequence of the claim, being promoted by the Concerned Teachers in light of the Employment Relations Bill, for a 70% to 100% increase in contractor rates for many School Certificate and Bursary markers, new allowances of $200 per week for the achievement standards, and a $10 to $50 rate per item for marking internally assessed work?

9. Willie Jackson to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: What progress has been made by the Tairawhiti Taskforce in promoting development initiatives in the East Coast region?

10. Dr Lynda Scott to the Minister of Health: How will she guarantee patient safety if junior doctors go on strike?

11. Rt Hon. Winston Peters to the Prime Minister: As the Police will not be charging Dover Samuels on rape and underage sex allegations and as the Court of Appeal quashed an earlier conviction, what were the allegations she claimed were "swirling about" that caused her to dismiss Mr Samuels as Minister of Maori Affairs after initially saying that he was standing aside pending police investigations?

12. Hon. Ken Shirley to the Minister of Corrections: Why was Taffy Herbert Hotene released from prison, after serving only two-thirds of his 12 year sentence for rape, assault with intent to rape and three charges of aggravated robbery?

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