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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 8 November


Wednesday, 8 November 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that the doom merchants have had a negative effect on economic growth?

2. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Corrections: As up to 80% of prison inmates reoffend within 24 months of release, how many of the 610 serious violent offenders who are due for automatic release next year are expected to reoffend within 24 months of release?

3. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Prime Minister: What did she mean by her comment, in relation to the use of the word "holocaust": "that word must never be used again in a New Zealand context ... and I do not want to see Ministers using the term and causing offence again"?

4. JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to improve immunisation rates, in light of the National Health Committee's report which identified wide disparities in childhood immunisation rates as a significant contributor to socio-economic inequalities in health in childhood?

5. BOB SIMCOCK to the Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment (Social Services): Was her speech to a national hui on child abuse in Christchurch on Saturday checked and approved by the Minister of Social Services and Employment or the Prime Minister; if not, why not?

6. RICK BARKER to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What is the Government doing to ensure that the unemployed take up seasonal work opportunities?

7. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: Is she committed to stopping mining in conservation areas such as conservation parks, reserves and ecological areas, as stated in the Alliance conservation policy for the 1999 election?

8. RON MARK to the Minister of Conservation: What action is she considering to eliminate the dangers posed from the 35 sites containing dumps of deadly 1080 poison bait which she has confirmed now exist on the West Coast?

9. ANN HARTLEY to the Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Auckland Issues: How will "patronage funding" benefit Auckland?

10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: How does the Government intend funding the $80 million start-up costs of the "People's Bank" and what implications will this have for the Government's financial position?

11. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister for Accident Insurance: How many claims has ACC received for medical misadventure in Northland relating to Dr Graham Parry?

12. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Why has Norman Kingsbury, described by the Minister at the time of his appointment as chair of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission as a "renowned educationalist", and "a clear stand-out choice from amongst 250 nominations", resigned from his position, effective today?

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