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Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 18 April 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Defence: Did selling the 4.03 hectares of land at Hobsonville Airbase for $465,000 plus GST maximise the return to the taxpayer and can he assure us that the current owner of this land has not profited to the tune of millions of dollars on this deal?

2. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What views has he communicated to the Israeli ambassador over recent events in the Middle East?

3. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Defence: Is it correct, as reported in a press release dated 27 September 2001, that Sovereign Yachts NZ Ltd "has options on the other 63 hectares" of the Hobsonville land owned by the Ministry of Defence; if so, what are the terms on which that land is being disposed of by the Crown?

4. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Tourism: What steps has the Government taken to implement the recommendations of the New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2010?

5. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Education: What is he doing to avoid putting students' learning and qualifications at further risk through the resumption of strike action by teachers this school term?

6. GRANT GILLON to the Minister for Courts: What reports has he received from his ministry about developments in the Maori Land Court?

7. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she still have confidence in the Deputy Prime Minister following Government MP Willie Jackson's comments that "[Hon] Jim [Anderton] is a waka jumper whether he wants it acknowledged or not, the public know and our members know"; if so, why?

8. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: With reference to her reply to oral question No 1 on 16 April 2002 that the "United States administration does not yet have trade promotion authority from Congress, and that makes it difficult to conclude any new bilateral agreements", is she aware of any provisions of any proposed United States legislation to provide this authority, which could affect New Zealand's interests?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Corrections: What programmes, if any, are available to prisoners to ensure they have a clear understanding of the law, understand the importance of integrity and appreciate the value of keeping their word?

10. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister for the Environment: Has she received any reports of proposals to enhance the Resource Management Act 1991?

11. BELINDA VERNON to the Minister of Finance: Did Ministers receive a business case in July of last year proposing a recapitalisation of Air New Zealand through an injection of equity by Singapore Airlines, as reported in the media; if so, why did those Ministers not put that proposal before the Cabinet meeting which took place on 30 July 2001?

12. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for the Environment: Given her response to my written question number 3601 (2002) that she considers the Western Bay of Plenty District Council's "approach to seeking iwi/hapu input when considering resource consent applications is consistent with the duty ... to take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi", has her ministry precisely defined these principles; if so, what are they?

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