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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 16 May 2002

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 16 May 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. DONNA AWATERE HUATA to the Minister of Education: What evidence, if any, does he have that the compulsory health curriculum is deterring children from taking drugs?

2. RON MARK to the Minister of Corrections: Has he been informed of the effects of recent publicity about the Emergency Response Unit; if so, has it impacted adversely upon prison officers, management and prisoners?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Given Hon Jim Anderton's statement that he plans to join the Progressive Coalition after the House rises, has he indicated to her whether he intends to resign as a Minister when he joins a new party, and would she still want him as a Minister when he joins a new party?

4. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Justice: What response has he received to the Government's new Youth Offending Strategy?

5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Associate Minister of Justice: Can she clarify her answers in the House yesterday by confirming that the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act 2001 was intended to allow members of Parliament to be expelled for party hopping during the period after the House adjourns but before an election, and that these provisions were included in the legislation?

6. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What progress has been made with the Venture Investment Fund?

7. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Local Government: Following a recent case in Wellington where a council election candidate declared electoral donations as anonymous even though she knew who the donors were, will she introduce amendments to the Local Electoral Act 2001 to bring it into line with the Electoral Act 1993 in order to ensure that local political candidates cannot declare donations as anonymous if they know the identity of the donor?

8. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: When was the decision made to allow MidCentral District Health Board cancer patients to travel to Australia for radiation treatment, and when was this communicated to the District Health Board?

9. HARRY DUYNHOVEN to the Associate Minister of Energy: What is the Government doing to improve the quality of petrol and diesel in New Zealand?

10. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What urgent action is she taking to solve the mental health crisis that in the last month has seen mentally ill patients held in police cells, psychiatric patients sleeping on mattresses on floors in overcrowded wards of acute units due to lack of bed space and dangerously psychotic prison inmates on a waiting list for treatment?

11. ANN HARTLEY to the Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment: What is the Government doing to ensure genuine employment opportunities are available for people with disabilities?

12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Education: Does he consider the A and B Bursary payments of $100 and $200 adequate, given the Government has increased the cost of sitting the exam in five subjects to $185; if so, why?

ENDS

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