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Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 2 May 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Prime Minister: How will the formation of the "Progressive Coalition" impact on the stability and credibility of her Government?

2. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Economic Development: Given his officials "are in regular contact with the company [Sovereign Yachts] and know well its progress and plans", does he know who owns Sovereign Yachts and what role Mr Bill Lloyd plays in the company?

3. HELEN DUNCAN to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What actions does he intend taking in response to the Report of the Review of Training Opportunities and Youth Training?

4. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Will he require the Chair of the Maori Television Service to stand down in light of the Government's inquiry into the Board's failure to do the recommended credit and security checks on Mr Davy?

5. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister of Education: What reports has he received regarding the rate of suspensions of Maori students?

6. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he agree with Hon Dr Michael Cullen's comment that Millennium People are a "bunch of amateurs"; if so, why?

7. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Police: What police capital projects have been embarked on since this Government took office?

8. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she have any concerns about Hon Jim Anderton remaining as a member of the Executive, given his clear links to the "Progressive Coalition" party; if not, why not?

9. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Communications: What is the Government doing to ensure people who are deaf, or have hearing or speech impairments, have access to telecommunications services that meet their needs?

10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Education, Hon Trevor Mallard's management of the teachers' pay claim?

11. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Education: Does an agreement exist between the Ministry of Education and Ngai Tahu containing a provision requiring Maori students within the geographical boundary of Ngai Tahu, to achieve at a level equal to or better than those drawn from the general population by 2008; if so, from which principle of the Treaty of Waitangi is this derived?

12. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Corrections: Do news media reports that mentally ill inmates in Christchurch are being locked in concrete isolation cells with no furniture for 23 hours a day with no human contact confirm that there is a crisis in mental health services in New Zealand; if not, why not?

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