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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 28 June 2001


Thursday, 28 June 2001

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon GEORGINA TE HEUHEU to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: When he said yesterday that "The Prime Minister does expect a great deal of her Ministers, and we do the best that we can to live up to it, although I have to say that at times I do fail.", on what occasions has he failed and with whom?

2. TIM BARNETT to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Will the Government be taking any steps to track the employment, further education and training destinations of young people leaving secondary school?

3. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of State Services: When he asked in the House yesterday "Can the Prime Minister tell the House if it would be more likely for the Prime Minister to meet Mrs Rankin if Mrs Rankin turned up to meetings of all chief executives?", what specific meetings of all chief executives with the Prime Minister was he referring to and what were the reasons for Christine Rankin's failure to attend?

4. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Police: How many frontline police positions in the Wellington and Hutt districts are presently vacant?

5. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: If the interim PriceWaterhouseCoopers report into Transend's operation in Spain and South Africa does "raise matters of concern" and "the New Zealand Post board is expecting more information next week", as he told the House yesterday, what action, if any, will he take against Dr Ross Armstrong, who said the report showed there was no substance to concerns raised by employees of New Zealand Post?

6. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Police: Has the Government invested resources in the police vehicle fleet; if so, what is the level of that investment?

7. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What assurances, if any, can she give New Zealanders that district health board services will not be cut in the coming financial year as a result of health deficits?

8. MITA RIRINUI to the Minister for Biosecurity: What impact are the more rigorous border control measures having?

9. RICHARD WORTH to the Minister for Courts: Why has he decided to call a three month "time out" on the introduction of court fee changes he said "would improve access to justice for the majority of small users of the system, and make those at the top end pay a fairer share"?

10. MAHARA OKEROA to the Minister of Labour: What has been done to bring New Zealand's approach to child labour issues in line with the highest international standards?

11. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the steps New Zealand should take to create a knowledge economy and maximise economic and regional development?

12. DONNA AWATERE HUATA to the Minister of Education: What progress, if any, is being made in ensuring that young New Zealanders are leaving school equipped to participate in the modern economy?

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