Paraphrased answers to today's questions will be posted to the Scoops wire shortly after 3pm.
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
Wednesday, 15 November 2000
Questions to Ministers
1. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment (Social Services): Why does she believe that whanau should remove abused children to safety without police intervention even if the parents had committed criminal offences against the children, as she is reported as saying in Saturday's Northern Advocate?
2. LIZ GORDON to the Minister for Economic Development: Has he received any reports giving cause for optimism about the economic development environment?
3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What provision has been made in the Budget for financing an estimated $80 million set-up cost for the People's Bank?
4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Precisely what amounts have been spent by Airways Corporation on travel and associated costs each year since 1996 for Craig Sinclair, John Bole and Paul Woodbury and in which countries?
5. BELINDA VERNON to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Does he intend adjusting benefit levels prior to Christmas to compensate for the recently announced 2.9% increase in food prices?
6. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about levels of business confidence?
7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Associate Minister of Health: Who are the people she described in an interview on the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Bill as being like guests who are being given hospitality by tangata whenua?
8. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What reports has he received about the outlook for employment?
9. Rt Hon WYATT CREECH to the Minister of Health: How many people are expected to go to Australia for cancer or other medical treatment in this financial year?
10. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What reports has he received about export levels?
11. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for Biosecurity: As she stated that it is absolutely important that we keep ourselves biosecure for agricultural trading purposes, how will she address the spread of the current Argentine ant infestation and the risk this poses to our export prospects to Asian countries?
12. Hon MARIE HASLER to the Minister of Immigration: Is she disappointed at the number of overstayers applying for work permits; if not, why not?