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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 3 October

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 3 October 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. DEBORAH CODDINGTON to the Minister for Economic Development: What has been his response to the views of Harvard business strategy guru Professor Michael Porter who spoke at last year's Knowledge Wave conference about the creation of business clusters, and does he stand by his July 2001 statement that Professor Porter's vision for New Zealand "needs to become a reality"?

2. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What initiatives is the Government taking to work actively with local government on regional employment growth and economic development?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: When she told the House on Tuesday that "The Government is working with interested parties to develop proposals aimed at assisting homeowners affected by [leaky homes] to access mediation.", were homeowners included as one of the interested parties; if so, how?

4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How many non-casino gaming machines have been licensed, and how many new gaming machines have been introduced to licensed casinos, since the introduction of the Responsible Gambling Bill?

5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Why did the Acting Minister say, in answer to a supplementary question to oral question number 3 on 1 October, that 6179 people remain in New Zealand having been declined refugee, asylum or immigrant status over the last three years when on the figures he gave in answering the primary question, that should be 5974, a discrepancy of 205 people, and why can't he say specifically how many dependants are associated with those applications?

6. JUDY TURNER to the Minister for Biosecurity: Has he or his Ministry asked for any advice from the Ministry of Health relating to public health concerns in connection with the aerial painted apple moth spraying in West Auckland; if so, what was the nature of that advice?

7. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How will the voluntary mediation service proposed by the Government help Laura's leaky home case reported in The Dominion Post today, where she can't actually track down the builders?

8. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: What progress has PHARMAC made towards funding the drug Glivec for sufferers of chronic myeloid leukaemia?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: Why did he not visit the site of the proposed Dobson hydro scheme on the West Coast before ruling out a law change to allow the dam to be built and saying he had no intention of entertaining the idea?

10. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What support is available for groups wanting to set up early childhood centres?

11. PETER BROWN to the Minister of State Services: Can he confirm if any public sector employment agreements contain an allowance in recognition of the additional costs of residing in the Auckland area; if so, how many?

12. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Does she believe the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment & Treatment) Act 1992 is working well and does not need to be amended; if so, why?

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