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Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 29 August 2002

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 29 August 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. TAITO PHILLIP FIELD to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: What progress has been made with the establishment of a national Pacific radio network?

2. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Can she give an assurance that the proposed cutting of up to 70 medical, surgical and other staff by the Auckland District Health Board is not driven by Government under-funding, since she has been the Minister of Health; if so, why is the Board proposing to make such cuts?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Were definitive tests ever completed by GeneScan Australia to quantify the presence of 35S promoter in Novartis corn following GeneScan Australia's 5 December 2000 memo to Novartis saying "samples received ... do contain trace contaminating levels of Bt11"; if so, does the Government have copies of these test results?

4. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What assurances, if any, can she give the people of Auckland that health services provided by the Auckland District Health Board will not be cut, and that patient safety will not be compromised, as a result of plans to cut up to 70 positions to reduce its deficit?

5. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs: What steps has the Government taken to help ethnic communities integrate successfully into New Zealand society?

6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does she regard it as part of her immigration portfolio responsibilities that she must make every endeavour to ensure the health of the New Zealand population is not endangered through refugees and asylum seekers wishing to enter New Zealand carrying third world diseases; if not, why not?

7. MURRAY SMITH to the Minister of Education: Why did he not introduce Level 1 of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement by way of a pilot scheme amongst willing and properly resourced schools in order to avoid the current implementation difficulties?

8. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: What steps has he taken to protect New Zealand's petroleum fuel supply in the event of disruption to oil production that would result from a United States military strike on Iraq?

9. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received concerning the importing of class B amphetamine-based drugs?

10. RICHARD WORTH to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Will the Government make up the shortfalls in funding for Water Safety New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation and Surf Life Saving New Zealand as a result of their slashed cash grants from the Lotteries Grants Board?

11. MATT ROBSON to the Minister for Economic Development: What reports has he received on the issues and work there is to do in order to continue to build New Zealand's economy, regions and industries?

12. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Police: Did the Glenfield police respond promptly and effectively to the 4 August armed robbery of the Glenfield Tavern, during which the manager was shot and seriously wounded?

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