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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 26 February 2


Tuesday, 26 February 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. CHRIS CARTER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Why has the Government introduced legislation that will make the smuggling and trafficking of people into New Zealand criminal offences?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister for Economic Development: What would the effect of an increase in petrol tax of four cents a litre be on the economic development in all regions of New Zealand, and would he support such a tax?

3. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Agriculture: Has he received any reports on the state of the pipfruit industry since deregulation by the Government last year?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Can he confirm a leaked, internal report that the Kaitaia Child, Youth and Family Services' office is seriously overloaded, was doing a less than satisfactory job with most of its cases, and that its social workers accepted violence as a normal part of family life?

5. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: What progress has been made on incorporating the Specialist Education Services into the Ministry of Education?

6. BOB SIMCOCK to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Is he concerned by media reports that Child, Youth and Family Services have concerns that his Associate Minister, Hon Tariana Turia, is interfering in operational matters?

7. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister for Disability Issues: Has she received any reports detailing Government progress over the last decade in removing the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in the community?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: What is his response to the statement made on behalf of the New Zealand Police that "We know we're using copied software", and what actions have the Police taken to verify their supplier has the right to supply that software?

9. ROD DONALD to the Associate Minister of Justice: Was it the Government's intention for the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act to apply to the parliamentary leader of a political party and at least two thirds of the parliamentary members of that party who leave the political party for which those members of Parliament were elected; if not, why not?

10. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Commerce: Has he been informed of the study by Business New Zealand which shows that the Government has loaded an extra $26,000 in costs on an average New Zealand medium-sized business, and how does the extra $26,000 in compliance costs fit in with the Government's innovative New Zealand policy?

11. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Corrections: Can he confirm that Brian Rees was held in Invercargill Prison past his release date, that he was paid $42,000 compensation by the Department of Corrections, and that he did not pay the $500 reparation he owes to his victim Michael Shanks; if so, is he satisfied with the way this case has been handled?

12. JOHN WRIGHT to the Minister for Economic Development: What role will next week's Innovate event have in promoting innovation in New Zealand?


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