Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 13 September


Thursday, 13 September 2001

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What are the details of the latest Government decision, if any, on the foreign airline ownership cap, maintaining its Kiwi share commitments and the status of Air New Zealand's A and B shares?

2. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: What position is the Government taking at today's meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Council when Ministers will be asked to approve the irradiation of herbs, spices, herbal infusions and certain nuts?

3. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: Has the Government agreed that Singapore Airlines can increase its shareholding in Air New Zealand; if so, why was this not agreed to three months ago when Singapore Airlines was prepared to pay $1.31 per share?

4. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: What do the latest statements of the Crown financial accounts show?

5. BELINDA VERNON to the Minister of Finance: In light of his comment about the acting chairman of Air New Zealand that "if he thinks the difference between the number they originally came up with and the number that was agreed ... is a small one, then he lives in a very strange commercial world", what was the difference or percentage change between the two numbers?

6. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What update has he received on possible New Zealand casualties arising out of the terrorist attack on the United States?

7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: Does he believe that the provisions of the Police Amendment Bill (No 2) will promote "good faith bargaining" in light of the comment from Geoff Davenport, an International Labour Organisation legal specialist, that "In short, police employees will be treated considerably less favourably than State sector employees despite the assertions of the Government, and, if the predictions of the Government are to be believed, the effect of the amendment will be to skew the outcome of the arbitration in the Government's favour. Such a result cannot be consistent with the desire for impartiality, as noted by the ILO."?

8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Having regard to the recent terrorist attacks on the United States, is the Government still offering to take 145 Afghan asylum-seekers; if so, why?

9. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is it correct that she has been advised, following the Arthur Andersen valuation, that TVNZ is now worth $575 million compared to $975 million when it was valued by Ord Minnett in 1998; if so, what are the reasons for this $400 million drop in value?

10. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: What steps is he taking to ensure every teacher in every primary school in New Zealand gets access to professional development on numeracy?

11. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Associate Minister of Health: Will she attend any of the remaining meetings between the Ministry of Health and the aged care sector which are discussing proposals to standardise contracts for residential aged care providers by moving to section 88 notices; if not, why not?

12. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Police: Following the Police's recent launch of a recruitment drive designed to attract 600 to 700 police recruits by June next year, how many inquiries have the Police received on the 0800 NEWCOPS hotline?

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news