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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 27 February


Wednesday, 27 February 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by her statement about the health system that "the buck does stop with me and that's why I spend so much time out on the road taking responsibility"; if not, why not?

2. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: What is the total value of every element of expenditure within Vote Police that is derived from the Treaty of Waitangi principles, and what are the principles against which such expenditure is approved?

3. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Why, as at December 2001, had the number of orthopaedic outpatients waiting for first assessment at the Canterbury District Health Board increased by 318, and the number waiting for surgery increased by 558, compared with the numbers in December 2000?

4. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy?

5. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government have a target date for returning New Zealand back into the top half of the OECD; if not, why was the goal of being in the top half of the OECD by 2011 included in the Prime Minister's document Growing an Innovative New Zealand?

6. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Transport: Why has Transit New Zealand issued eviction notices, which took effect yesterday, to commercial and residential tenants in the path of Wellington's proposed inner city bypass, when Transit New Zealand has not yet applied for funding to build the project and has yet to gain authorisation from the Historic Places Trust?

7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Corrections: Why did he not advise Cabinet of the payout to Brian Rees, and which matter or matters was he referring to when he told the House yesterday "The Prime Minister is not right on every matter."?

8. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What initiatives has the Government taken to provide community level access to tertiary learning?

9. BOB SIMCOCK to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: How can he reconcile his reported comment that his Associate Minister, the Hon Tariana Turia, had never said at-risk Maori children should be placed exclusively within Maori families, with her comments that "I am totally opposed to children being raised outside whakapapa links" and that at-risk Maori children should never be allowed into "stranger care"?

10. HARRY DUYNHOVEN to the Minister for Accident Insurance: What is the Government doing to reduce New Zealanders' injury rate?

11. Hon GEORGINA TE HEUHEU to the Minister of Fisheries: Has he been advised that the proposed moratorium on aquaculture resource consents would halt a large number of projects initiated by Maori organisations, many of which have invested large sums of capital, and that thousands of jobs are now in jeopardy; if so, what representations has he made to have the Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium) Amendment Bill modified?

12. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Tourism: What recent initiatives have been taken to support the tourism sector?


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