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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 June 2002


Tuesday, 11 June 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Prime Minister: When does she intend to announce the date of the election?

2. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Prime Minister: Has she been informed of the media report headed "Boatpeople in open seas bound for NZ"; if so, will she give a guarantee that these boatpeople will not be able to queue jump to get residence in New Zealand?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she still have confidence in her Minister of Education, following the second failure to achieve a settlement in teachers' collective employment agreement talks?

4. JOHN WRIGHT to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the success of the Government's economic, regional and industry development programmes, and what do these reports indicate?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: In light of comments from the Progressive Coalition that "The reality is there is absolutely no constitutional need for an early election and there doesn't seem to be any public will [for one]", does she intend to call an early election; if so, why?

6. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What steps is New Zealand taking to prevent transnational organised crime groups smuggling illegal migrants to New Zealand?

7. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Education: Why did he reportedly tell the Principals' Council that "he was not prepared to re-enter negotiations", that "he saw no point in negotiating with a union that had no mandate from its members" and that "come July 1 he had no option but to offer teachers individual contracts based on the collective", as recorded in a letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour from Russell Trethewey?

8. HELEN DUNCAN to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What announcement is he making today regarding the Tertiary Education Commission?

9. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Is her statement to the PPTA Conference in October 1997, "You will be valued and treated with respect by the Government I will lead" current Government policy; if so, is her Government meeting that standard?

10. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Communications: How does the Government's business incubator development programme support the development of good information and communications technology networks in New Zealand?

11. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Will the Government withdraw clauses 24 to 26 of the Transnational Organised Crime Bill pending a final decision in the refugee case before the High Court, in light of Justice Baragwanath's interim decision that the current Government practice of routinely detaining asylum seekers arriving at our border contravenes the Refugee Convention; if not, why not?

12. BOB SIMCOCK to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Can he assure the House that the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services is meeting its legal obligation under the Education Act 1989 for all children in its guardianship to be attending school; if not, why not?


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