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Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 16 April 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Has President George W Bush or any United States Government official suggested to her or to any of her officials that New Zealand's moratorium on the release of genetically engineered organisms or its rules on labelling of genetically engineered food are a barrier to a free trade agreement; if so, what was her response?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Will she be asking for the Deputy Prime Minister's resignation, given her statement before the 1999 election "To MPs, the message is simple. You will stay with the party whose voters put you in Parliament - or you will get out."; if not, why not?

3. GRAHAM KELLY to the Prime Minister: What was the significance of her recent trip to the United States?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: In what ways, if any, have the recent actions of Hon Jim Anderton, Hon Matt Robson, Hon Laila Harré and Hon Sandra Lee contributed to the Labour-Alliance Coalition Agreement objective "to restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral process"?

5. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: What proposals has he received for changes on tax rates?

6. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Justice: Has he received a communication from the Sensible Sentencing Trust urging the Government to amend the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill to reflect the wishes of the 92 percent of voters who supported the referendum calling for tougher sentencing for violent offenders; if so, will he accede to the request and amend the bill?

7. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What reports has he received on access to information and communications technology?

8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: How does she reconcile her reported statement that she now heads a three-way coalition with Hon Jim Anderton's statement to the House on her behalf that "all the Alliance caucus intend to remain as Alliance MPs until the election"?

9. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Economic Development: Has he any concerns over the Sovereign Yacht development at Hobsonville, supported by his ministry, given that only 40 staff are employed on site; if not, why not?

10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Has she considered the appropriateness of the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage continuing to hold that warrant in light of that Minister's admission today that on approximately six occasions she has provided artworks for sale, which have been signed by that Minister but which have been produced by some other person; if so, what conclusions has she reached?

11. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What action has the Government taken to identify gaps in the provision of early childhood education services?

12. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What evidence does she have to support her reported statements yesterday that to her "certain knowledge" other politicians have signed paintings which they have not painted and then donated those paintings to charity auctions, and is she prepared to name those politicians?

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