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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 30 May 2002

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 30 May 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: Will exempting super yacht crews from New Zealand income tax benefit the marine industry; if so, in what ways?

2. DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister of Health: What additional funding has been allocated from Budget 2002 for rural primary health care initiatives?

3. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Deputy Prime Minister: How does having Ministers join a new party before the next election contribute to the Coalition Agreement objective "to restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral process"?

4. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Can he assure New Zealanders that any chicken they buy is not contaminated with antibiotic resistant bacteria, as one supermarket chicken had tested recently was; if so, on what basis?

5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: Are the Police still projecting to have 1,912 sworn officers in greater Auckland by 30 June 2002, 119 short of their target of 2,031 sworn officers at that date; if not, what are the police projections now?

6. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Police: What reports has he received on police funding?

7. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he consider that having an Alliance leader in Parliament and an Alliance leader outside Parliament contributes to the Coalition Agreement objective "to provide stable and effective long term government for New Zealand without losing the distinctive political identity of either party"; if so, how?

8. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Defence: What safety checks were undertaken before permitting 210 New Zealand troops to be transported to East Timor on a chartered Russian aircraft on 14 May 2002, and what specific reports of the airline's safety record were considered before approval was given?

9. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does he accept Rod Donald's statement that "in his heart of hearts, he [the Minister] knows that George Bush is extremely dangerous"; if not, what has he done to correct it?

10. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What initiatives is the Government taking to provide community based access to learning and assessment?

11. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: What is the basis behind his statement in the Budget that "the contention that New Zealand is highly taxed by developed country standards ... rests upon a misrepresentation ... of the comparative tax rates and structures of different countries"?

12. BELINDA VERNON to the Minister of Finance: What discussions, if any, has the Government or its representatives had with Qantas, directly or indirectly, on the possible sale of Air New Zealand shares to Qantas?

ENDS

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