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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 3 October

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

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Tuesday, 3 October 2000

Questions to Ministers

   1. CHRIS CARTER to the Prime Minister: What reports did she receive during her recent visit to East Timor about the work that our troops are undertaking as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force?

   2. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Minister for Economic Development: How does he justify his comments that "the economy is much stronger under the stable coalition", when the New Zealand economy grew by 4.6% in the six months to December 1999 and contracted by 0.1% in the six months to June 2000, and how does that decline in performance affect economic development?

   3. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for the Environment: Does she intend to take any action in response to the claim by the former chair of the Maori Advisory Committee Nga Kaihautu that ERMA wanted to "gag and restrict Nga Kaihautu from providing independent advice"; if not, why not?

   4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What impact will the lower New Zealand dollar have on prices and household budgets?

   5. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What reports has he received on the incidence and impact of poverty in New Zealand?

   6. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Defence: Does he have the power to give operational directions to commanders in the field; if so, what are the limits on that power?

   7. GRANT GILLON to the Minister for Economic Development: What are the implications for New Zealand's long-term economic and infrastructural development of a secure, widely supported and publicly funded superannuation scheme?

   8. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Minister of Labour: What steps has she taken to achieve the goal of the Employment Relations Act as set out in the introduction to the pamphlet distributed to employers last week, "to build productive employment relations between employers, employees and unions"?

   9. JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health: What steps has the Government taken to further strengthen the health professionals regulations to ensure patient safety?

   10. Rt Hon WYATT CREECH to the Minister of Health: Will she review the level of funding available for hospital and health services to meet all the operational demands, including increases in the volumes of services that must be provided by each hospital and health service and pay increase demands of nurses and other hospital staff?

   11. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: Why did he defer the introduction of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement from 2001 to 2002?

   12. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers?

ENDS

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