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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday 4 April 2001

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2001

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Labour: Has she received any reports about the opinion of employers on the success of the Employment Relations Act 2000?

2. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her comment that her Government’s defence policy has “learnt a great deal” from the defence review chaired by Hon Derek Quigley; if so, why has she failed to act on its recommendation to “consider ways to enable more effective public participation in the formulation and administration of defence and security policy”?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Can she reassure New Zealand farmers that they will not be held legally liable for accidental contamination of their seeds by genetically engineered pollen, as happened to Percy Schmeiser in Canada last week; if not, why not?

4. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her election year speech to the New Zealand Returned Services Association National Council, in which she stated that “The basic principle must be that the State accepts responsibility for damage done as a result of active service to the health of veterans and their families.”, and that, in relation to Agent Orange, “the State should err on the side of generosity”; if so, what will she do for the families of the likes of Vietnam veteran Evan McKenzie?

5. TAITO PHILLIP FIELD to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What steps is the Government taking to encourage employment creation and community development through community enterprises?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Broadcasting: In addition to new taxes on videos and cinema tickets and new levies on commercial broadcasters’ revenue, what other tax mechanisms is she considering or has she considered to fund the Government’s broadcasting policy?

7. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of State Services: Did Ministers meet with departmental chief executives and the Public Service Association in a tripartite forum yesterday; if so, why?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Associate Minister of Justice: What consultation took place with Opposition parties over the appointment of the Chief Human Rights Commissioner and the Race Relations Conciliator?

9. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Energy: Which nations have so far come out in support of the announcement from President Bush last week that the United States does not intend to ratify the Kyoto Protocol?

10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Education: Does he agree that under the National Certificate of Educational Achievement the achievement standards of credit, merit or excellence are too vague?

11. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Police: Has he been asked to apologise in relation to comments he made in Parliament about award-winning Senior Constable John Gower of Te Rapa?

12. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Did he consult with the working party developing the long-term plan for early childhood education before his announcement yesterday of cuts to the funding for Parents as First Teachers; if not, why not?

QUESTIONS TO MEMBERS

1. PENNY WEBSTER to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: When will the Electricity Industry Bill be reported back to the House?

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