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Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 21 March 2002

Thursday, 21 March 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Prime Minister: Has she taken any advice on the implications on the Government's coalition agreement of a split in the Alliance Party, which has been widely speculated on; if so, what has been that advice?

2. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: Is the Government implementing initiatives to build school principals' leadership capability?

3. Hon TONY RYALL to the Associate Minister of Justice: When considering the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act 2001, did she or her officials consider a clause which would have actioned Rt Hon Helen Clark's statement "To MPs, the message is simple. You will stay with the party whose voters put you in Parliament - or you will get out"; if so, did such a clause make it into the Act?

4. PHILLIDA BUNKLE to the Minister of Conservation: Is she aware of significant recent developments towards protecting native bird species?

5. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Finance: What level of sustainable GDP growth is required to lift New Zealand to the top half of the OECD, and how does this compare with the forecasts provided by the Reserve Bank yesterday?

6. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Will she be discussing with President George W Bush New Zealand's stance on labelling of genetically engineered foods and the release of genetically engineered organisms?

7. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Attorney-General: In light of the Privy Council ruling that the Court of Appeal had acted "contrary to fundamental conceptions of fairness and justice" in dealing with criminal appeals, does she still stand by her view that New Zealand should move away from the Privy Council to "a stand alone supreme-type court of appeal. I think that makes a lot of sense personally"; if so, why?

8. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Housing: What specific policies in accordance with what specific principles meet the Treaty of Waitangi obligations within the Housing portfolio?

9. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Labour: Does the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill provide for an employer to contest whether external factors have contributed to an employee's development of work-related stress; if so, how?

10. HARRY DUYNHOVEN to the Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What new developments will assist New Zealand exporters to access markets innovatively?

11. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: Does he believe that Dr Don Brash's forecast for growth in the next three years of 23/4, 21/4 and 21/2 percent is realistic, and does he remain confident that he can lift New Zealand's sustainable annual growth rate to 4 percent as he claimed earlier this year?

12. ANN HARTLEY to the Associate Minister of Transport: What reports has she received on the use of public transport options in Auckland?

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