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Questions Of The Day - Thursday, 19 October 2000

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

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 19 October 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister of Corrections: Can he confirm that the selection of a physically inappropriate site has contributed to the reported doubling of the cost of the new Ngawha prison to $80 million?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What effect will the current round of price increases have on the purchasing power of welfare benefits?

3. TAITO PHILLIP FIELD to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What is his reaction to recent reports that indicate social organisations are positive about social policy initiatives under the Labour/Alliance Government?

4. Hon GEORGINA TE HEUHEU to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he support the position of the Hon Paul Swain and the Rt Hon Helen Clark that whatever the Waitangi Tribunal says, it won't affect Government ownership of petroleum resources in New Zealand?

5. KEVIN CAMPBELL to the Minister of Corrections: What consideration is being given to the possible use of home detention for inmates released at the end of their custodial sentence?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Corrections: What impact would a policy of allowing part-time prisoners have on the number of prison beds required?

7. RON MARK to the Minister of Conservation: Does she condone the dumping of 22 tonnes of deadly 1080 poison bait at the Chesterfield site on the West Coast by the Department of Conservation?

8. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister for Economic Development: Did he approve one of his policy advisers appearing at the Health Committee yesterday to present an Alliance party submission that raised concerns of cost blowouts in the Government's health reforms?

9. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Agriculture: What recent reports has he received on the positive outlook for the rural sector in New Zealand?

10. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Corrections: Can he reassure New Zealanders that expanding the use of home detention is an appropriate response to the call to get tough on crime?

11. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Commerce: What are the Government's plans to reduce compliance costs for business?

12. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: What progress has been made on implementing the Government's industry development policy?

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