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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 29 May 2002


Wednesday, 29 May 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Has she made my New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Extension Bill a matter of confidence in the Government?

2. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does the Coalition Agreement allow Ministers to swap parties before the election but still remain as members of the Executive; if so, does he consider this is acceptable?

3. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What changes have there been to the operational funding to schools since 1999?

4. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does he agree with Rod Donald that President George W Bush is "the most dangerous man in the world ... more dangerous than Mr Bin Laden"; if not, how helpful to New Zealand's international reputation are such comments by parliamentarians?

5. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Justice: What are the changes he is intending to make to the Criminal Investigations (Blood Samples) Act 1995?

6. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Defence: Why did he consent to the subdivision of land at Hobsonville on 9 January 2001, in light of advice from the then Chief of Defence Force Air Marshall Adamson dated 19 December 2000 that "I am concerned that I have been asked to declare the relevant land surplus without sufficient surety regarding the responsibility for costs and management of risks."?

7. RON MARK to the Minister of Corrections: Has a male prisoner died at Paparua Prison in the last 48 hours; if so, of what cause, and what investigations will follow?

8. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Is it correct that the Maori Television Service sought advice or approval from the State Services Commissioner and from the two responsible Ministers prior to appointing Mr John Davy as chief executive; if so, what roles did the Commissioner and the Ministers play in the appointment process?

9. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Tourism: What reports has he received on the contribution of the tourism sector to economic growth?

10. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Corrections: Does he agree with the finding in the report by Philip Spier "Reconviction and reimprisonment rates for released prisoners" that "In general, inmates released after serving shorter prison sentences were more likely to be both reconvicted and reimprisoned than inmates released after serving longer prison sentences."?

11. Hon DOVER SAMUELS to the Minister for Information Technology: What reports has he received on the response to the Government's broadband initiative in last week's Budget?

12. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: Why has the Government rejected the deficit forecasts in draft annual plans submitted by District Health Boards which predicted combined deficits of around $200 million in each year from 2002/03?


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