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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday 8 October 2002



1. BERNIE OGILVY to the Minister of Education: How does the Government’s scheme to provide secondary school teachers with laptops address workload issues

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: When the House was told on her behalf last week that “Formal discussions prior to the decision to proceed with establishing a mediation service involved those parties whose co-operation was necessary to make the service feasible.”, were homeowners included as one of those parties; if not, why not

3. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the state of the economy

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What will be the impact of 54,700 new immigrants into New Zealand in the last twelve months on the economic, health and educational opportunities for Maori

5. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he accept the criticism of David Russell from the Consumers’ Institute that the Government’s leaky homes mediation service “is a pretty weak proposal because the worst
offenders are going to be able to walk away from it”; if not, why not

6. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: When will she release the review of Auckland mental health services that the Mental Health Commission was due to report to her on by 30 September 2002

7. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Finance: What are the economic growth implications for New Zealand, and what would be the impact on our Closer Economic Relations agreement with Australia, should Australia conclude a free-trade agreement with the United States and New Zealand fail to do so

8. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What reports has he received on the resourcing of tertiary education

9. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: Why did the Crown Financial Statements for the year to June 2002 note a change in the CPI assumption used to calculate the Government Superannuation Fund liability, and what impact did this change have on the Government’s fiscal position for the year to June 2002

10. JILL PETTIS to the Minister for the America's Cup: What reports has he received on the benefits to date of the America’s Cup

11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: What impact, if any, has drug abuse among workers had on Industry New Zealand’s wood processing strategy

12. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Has he seen the statement “The decline of the Maui gas resource means that New Zealand is now facing an unprecedented situation where, if nothing is done, there is a high risk of electricity shortages over the next few years.” contained in the briefing paper “Electricity Supply and Demand to 2015” by Bryan Leyland; if so, what action is he taking to ensure such a shortage does not occur


1. DEBORAH CODDINGTON to the Chairperson of the Government Administration Committee: Does the committee intend to hear evidence on its inquiry into leaky buildings; if so, when

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