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Questions For Oral Answer 26/3/2002


Tuesday, 26 March 2002

Questions to Ministers


1. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Has he received any reports in relation to the application of New Zealand's nuclear-free policy?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What is her response to media reports alleging that New Zealand officials participated in the decision to leak information regarding the activities of New Zealand SAS members in Afghanistan in order to ensure that her Washington trip went more smoothly, and which officials and members of her Government were aware of this decision?

3. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: What has been the response to equity funding for early childhood education services?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What steps, if any, has he taken to ensure that tens of thousands of Auckland school children will be attending all classes this week?

5. HARRY DUYNHOVEN to the Minister for Accident Insurance: In light of recent media reports, is ACC "bracing itself for a flood of claims from sexual abuse victims" when it reintroduces lump sum compensation on 1 April?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Associate Minister of Justice: When did she become aware that the Race Relations Conciliator, Mr Gregory Fortuin, was mediating in the Alliance internal dispute, and does she consider his actions appropriate?

7. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Defence: Will he now confirm the report that New Zealand has SAS troops in Afghanistan; if so, what information can he provide on the nature of their mission?

8. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Police: What initiatives, if any, has he taken to curb violent offending which increased by an average 5.9 percent across all police districts last year, with a 16.4 percent increase in the Auckland district?

9. DIANNE YATES to the Minister for Disability Issues: What support is the Government providing to caregivers of people with autistic spectrum disorder?

10. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What was the nature of the work conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in relation to the activities of New Zealand Post Limited subsidiary Transend, and can he give an assurance that all of the allegations summarised by lawyer Cameron Mander were exposed to a proper audit process?

11. KEVIN CAMPBELL to the Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Official Development Assistance): What challenges, if any, were presented to OECD countries at the recent United Nations conference on financing for development he attended in Mexico?

12. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Minister of Defence: What date was the Carruthers report presented to the Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces, and when will it be released to the New Zealand public, as indicated to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee?

Questions to Members


1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: Does he intend to request that New Zealand Post Limited auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers appear before the committee as part of the financial review of New Zealand Post Limited; if so, on what date?

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