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Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 23 April 2002


Tuesday, 23 April 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Following Alliance MP Dr Liz Gordon's statement "[Hon] Jim Anderton isn't my leader and [Hon] Jim Anderton can't speak for me in Parliament and [Hon] Jim Anderton in fact can't speak for the Alliance in Parliament", who does she regard as the leader of the Alliance Party for the purpose of coalition management?

2. TAITO PHILLIP FIELD to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What reports, if any, has he received on retirement incomes?

3. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Prime Minister: Was she surprised to learn when she welcomed Mr Bill Lloyd's Sovereign Yachts project to Hobsonville declaring it to be "like a dream come true" that Mr Bill Lloyd was banned as a director in his home base of British Columbia for insider trading on 245 trades over a ten-month period, and what checks had her Government undertaken on Mr Bill Lloyd and his businesses in Canada before facilitating his project?

4. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Justice: What is the process for and timing of the appointment of the new Race Relations Commissioner?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Has she been advised by Hon Jim Anderton that five Alliance list MPs had their Alliance Party memberships revoked during the weekend; if so, what is the impact for coalition stability?

6. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What reports has he received on a European Union trade negotiating stance on services and what effect, if any, will this have on New Zealand?

7. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Sport, Fitness and Leisure: How did his statement that he would like to put "Heinekens in particularly uncomfortable places" when referring to International Rugby Board chairman Vernon Pugh and Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill help New Zealand learn from its loss of co-hosting the 2003 Rugby World Cup?

8. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: Has he received any reports on early school numeracy; if so, what do they show?

9. Hon TONY RYALL to the Prime Minister: Why did she consider it was necessary to reveal publicly that the Government had agreed to underwrite a $3 million ransom demand for baby Kahu Durie?

10. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Associate Minister of Education: What progress has been made on the Government's decision to research effective services for students with physical disabilities?

11. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: What evidence, if any, does she have to support her statement "I will say to you with absolute certainty that I know that not only members of Parliament across all parties, but also so-called celebrities, often have people who will help them with this sort of thing", and will she name the members or parties she was referring to?

12. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Health: Has the Government made an emergency funding grant to the Auckland District Health Board to avert a serious breach of banking covenants that would have allowed Auckland District Health Board bond holders to call in the bonds; if so, how can people have confidence in the Government's health policies?

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