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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 12 March


Tuesday, 12 March 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister for the Environment: Does the Government support the amendments proposed by the Primary Production Committee to the Resource Management (Aquaculture Moratorium) Amendment Bill which would now enable most of the applications frozen by the bill as introduced to proceed; if so, why has the Government changed its position?

2. GRAHAM KELLY to the Prime Minister: Is she satisfied with the outcome of CHOGM in light of the Government's position on Zimbabwe?

3. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Justice: How many robberies, rapes and murders were committed by convicts on parole and early release respectively during the year to 30 June 2001?

4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: Why did two people who needed urgent mental health care spend 24 and 36 hours respectively locked in Henderson police cells recently, after mental health workers could not find acute care beds for them in the upper North Island?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have full confidence in all her Ministers; if so, why?

6. PHILLIDA BUNKLE to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Has he received any reports alerting New Zealanders to the operation of any companies that may impact on consumers; if so, what do they say?

7. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Associate Minister of Health: Why has the Ministry of Health asked Ministry of Health auditors to review the contracting process for home care providers in Palmerston North, and what assurances can she give to the public that this review will be independent?

8. JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health: How many New Zealanders suffering from multiple sclerosis were funded for beta interferon drugs when the Labour-Alliance Government came into office?

9. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm media reports that he is relaxed about the picture of New Zealand as a branch economy of Australia?

10. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What has the Government done to improve access to quality early childhood education?

11. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Has he been briefed on the contents of a report prepared last year by Cameron Mander of Luke, Cunningham and Clere for the Board of New Zealand Post Ltd; if so, what were the key findings?

12. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Courts: Was the Hon Jim Anderton correct when he told the House regarding the closure or downgrading of rural courts that "The fact that no final decisions have been made is indicative of the willingness of this Government to engage with small communities about such issues"?

Questions to Members

1. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: Has the Finance and Expenditure Committee completed the financial review of New Zealand Post Ltd; if not, why not?

2. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: How many times has New Zealand Post Ltd appeared before the committee as part of its financial review and how many requests for information have been made of New Zealand Post Ltd?

3. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: Has he sought leave for a meeting on the financial review of New Zealand Post Ltd following New Zealand Post Ltd's response to my asking them for a copy of the report prepared by Cameron Mander of Luke, Cunningham and Clere; if so, why?


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