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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday 4 October

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


Wednesday, 4 October 2000

Questions to Ministers

   1. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Will he measure the success of his contribution to the Government's "Closing the Gaps" strategy by the rate of decline of Maori unemployment; if not, why not?

   2. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Does he agree with the conclusion in the paper Maori socio-economic disparity, prepared for the Ministry of Social Policy, that education, employment and income gaps between Maori and non-Maori actually closed over the 1990s; if not, why not?

   3. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Justice: What consideration has he given to reforming the law on double jeopardy and why?

   4. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What advice has he received on the impact of increased food prices on low income families?

   5. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Energy: How will domestic consumers of electricity get a better deal as a result of the Government's power package changes to the electricity industry?

   6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What factors have driven the latest decline in business and consumer confidence?

   7. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Communications: What recent reports has he received on an agreement being reached between players in the telecommunications industry?

   8. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Auckland Issues: What advice has she given to the Prime Minister regarding assertions by the chairman of the Auckland Mayoral Forum and President of the New Zealand Labour Party, Mr Bob Harvey, that "our Government Ministers are driving around on their chauffeur-assisted butts looking uncomfortable and achieving stuff all" for Auckland's transport woes and that they were "hiding behind funding structures when big issues come up and scare them."?

   9. HARRY DUYNHOVEN to the Minister of Transport: What initiatives is the Government considering to improve road safety?

   10. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Prime Minister: Was the Attorney-General correct when she told the House that, in relation to the compensation paid to former Mangaroa Prison inmates, she had "had nothing but support from the Prime Minister"?

   11. RON MARK to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Has he considered any initiatives to encourage Indonesia to adopt a more positive approach to the disarming of the Timorese militiamen?

   12. ROD DONALD to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: Does he agree with the reported comments of Meat Board director John McCarthy that free trade is a lemon and that, in the unlikely event it was achieved, New Zealand would lose its preferential access to United States and European markets to much cheaper meat producers such as South America; if not, why not?

Questions to Members

   1. ANNE TOLLEY to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: What progress has the committee made in considering the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Prohibition of Child Pornography) Amendment Bill?

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