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Questions For Oral Answer - 3 September 2002

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
TUESDAY, 03 SEPTEMBER 2002
QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: How does New Zealand’s health screening of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants for HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases compare with other migrant receiving countries?

2. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What is the Government doing to end regional and ethnic disparities in the delivery of the Special Benefit?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that a full check of all Air New Zealand aircraft, both international and domestic, serviced by Air New Zealand engineering services, has taken place; if not, why not?

4. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What initiatives is the Government implementing to address skill shortages?

5. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What actions, if any, is he taking to ascertain the status of Te Hau Ora o Te Tai Tokerau Trust assets, and what actions, if any, is he taking to ensure that assets purchased with money from the cancelled Department of Child, Youth and Family Services contract are returned by the Trust?

6. MAHARA OKEROA to the Minister of Education: What are the details of the Government’s extension of the Te Mana programme?

7. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by his pre-election claim of 18 July that violence nationally was down 1.7 percent, sexual offences down 10.8 percent, drugs and anti-social crimes down 5.6 percent, dishonesty, including burglary, down 2.5 percent, property damage down 1.1 percent and administrative crimes down 0.5 percent, and what were the actual percentage changes for each of these categories for the year ended 30 June 2002?

8. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Transport: Is he confident that adequate measures are being taken to ensure the safety of Air New Zealand passengers after incidents like the one on Friday night where an Air New Zealand plane lost a piece of wing-flap?

9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Housing: Is everyone who applies for a State house treated equally?

10. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Is she concerned about the trend, identified in Pharmac’s post-election briefing to her for drug companies to increasingly target New Zealand doctors to encourage the prescribing of specific drugs; if so, what does she propose to do to stop this practice?

11. RICHARD WORTH to the Minister of Defence: Is he proud of the New Zealand Defence Force Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2002; if so, why?

12. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs: What reports has he received about the reaction of ethnic groups to New Zealand First’s stance on immigration?

ENDS

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