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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 2 October

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Tuesday, 2 October 2001

Questions to Ministers


1. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Prime Minister: What outcome was she trying to achieve when she said on Monday 24 September that statutory management is a "very viable" option for Air New Zealand, which influenced a fall in the Air New Zealand B share price to 15 cents?

2. CHRIS CARTER to the Prime Minister: When will New Zealand respond to the United Nations international appeal for humanitarian relief work in Afghanistan, announced by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 27 September?

3. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Prime Minister: When she made her statement on 25 September, in relation to Mum and Dad Air New Zealand shareholders, that "I'd recommend they hang on to them because I am absolutely convinced that Air New Zealand has a viable future.", what effect did she expect it to have on the share price of Air New Zealand?

4. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Transport: Now that the Government has agreed to buy back the Auckland rail network, will it negotiate the return to public ownership of the rest of the national rail track; if not, why not?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What knowledge of Air New Zealand's financial situation or the Government's proposals for the airline did she have when she recommended that small shareholders hold on to their Air New Zealand shares?

6. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the performance of the New Zealand economy?

7. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Minister of Defence: Following the terrorist attacks in America, does he accept the Prime Minister's statement that New Zealand exists in "an incredibly benign strategic environment", and will the Government reconsider its decision to disband the air combat capability of the Royal New Zealand Air Force?

8. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What response did he get in the United States to New Zealand's support for the campaign against international terrorism?

9. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What action does she or the Ministry of Health intend to take following the release of the independent clinical audit into the care and treatment of Mark Burton at Southland Hospital's mental health unit?

10. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he had any reports about the importance of agriculture to New Zealand?

11. OWEN JENNINGS to the Prime Minister: In light of the Herald-Digi poll stating that 61% of respondents are "calling for this country to become an active member of ANZUS again", will she reconsider her reported position that New Zealand was no longer bound by the treaty and that the United States should feel under no obligation to defend New Zealand, and that New Zealand is taking a similar position to countries such as Sweden and Finland?

12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: Will the Government reconsider the Resource Management Amendment Bill in light of the statement, highlighted by the Ministerial Panel on Business Compliance Costs, from Chapman Tripp, that "The Bill as reported back will be even more a disappointment to those waiting for relief from the costs and uncertainties of the Act. Indeed, the changes may make the resource management process more costly and uncertain, with greater delays, rather than going any way to reduce these costs."?

Questions to Members

1. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: What progress has the committee made in its consideration of the Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Bill?

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