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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 13 February


Wednesday, 13 February 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Health: How many people are waiting for heart surgery at Capital Coast Health, and how many have been waiting longer than the six months recommended maximum time?

2. CHRIS CARTER to the Prime Minister: Why did the Government decide to make a formal apology to members of the Chinese community?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: How will the Government's policies to ratify the Kyoto Protocol ahead of our trading partners, place a two-year moratorium on genetic modification, fine employers for workplace stress, and set up more committees contribute to the goal stated in yesterday's Prime Ministerial statement of achieving growth rates "consistently above the OECD average for a number of years"?

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Will the Government publish what it understands to be the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; if so, when?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What are her arrangements on 22 February when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth arrives in New Zealand on a tour marking the 50th anniversary of her accession as New Zealand's Head of State?

6. TAITO PHILLIP FIELD to the Minister of Education: Does the Government intend to cut funding to poor schools?

7. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: Why did the Ministry of Health ask the Auckland District Health Board to "rethink" several projects, including the proposed heart unit for Starship Children's Hospital?

8. GRANT GILLON to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Has he received any reports from his ministry on recent events which have lowered bank interest rates and banks' fees for consumers?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Transport: Why did the Jody F Millennium sit grounded on the Waikanae Beach in Gisborne for five days before any oil was removed, and for a week without a single log being removed, when the Maritime Safety Authority has power to take action to avert a potential environmental catastrophe?

10. JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health: How many radiotherapists are now in training, and how does this number compare with 1999?

11. ROD DONALD to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What reports has he received concerning any trade benefits to New Zealand since the Singapore Closer Economic partnership took effect on 1 January 2001?

12. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: What are the Police doing to protect the safety of the people of Palmerston North in light of the increasing tension between gangs in the city?

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