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Questions For Oral Answer - 6 November 2002


Wednesday, 6 November 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister of Agriculture: When did the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry presentation on how "conditional release" may assist in achieving coexistence between GE and other forms of agriculture first appear on its website, and how many days has the Ministry allowed for submissions from the time the presentation appeared on the website?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What actions did she think she had approved for Dr Ross Armstrong, Kristy McDonald QC, and former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating following her meeting with Dr Armstrong on 17 September 2002, and her dinner at Vinnies Restaurant on 16 October 2002?

3. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Prime Minister: Why has she designated Jemaah Islamiyah as a terrorist entity under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002?

4. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Education: Can he give an assurance that every pupil who is sitting the NCEA exams in November will on exam day have the correct examination paper for the exam they have paid to sit?

5. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What progress has been made in assisting people in rural communities to access public services?

6. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Fisheries: Why did he say yesterday, in answer to questions regarding allocation of scampi fishing rights, "Who is going to argue against fairness" when last year A P Duffy QC, representing him in the Court of Appeal, argued for him that the Ministry was not under a duty to act "fairly"?

7. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Education: What funding support is available to community-based early childhood education services in low socio-economic areas?

8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Are the principles of fairness and natural justice for all New Zealanders a consideration when applications for residence by immigrants, asylum seekers or refugees are being processed?

9. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Commerce: What reports has she received relating to the domestic price of consumer dairy products, including milk?

10. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What price are New Zealanders paying for the record hospital deficit of $237 million?

11. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Finance: As the shareholding Minister, what criteria would he use if deciding whether to allow Qantas to acquire a stake in Air New Zealand and would his decision be made in advance of any deliberation by the Commerce Commission?

12. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Is it correct that, under the Interim Formula, Primary Health Organisations are funded less than a third for non Community Services Card holding European superannuitants than for similar Maori or Pacific Island superannuitants, despite the fact that they both live in a one to four quintile area, and does this still apply despite the fact that the European superannuitant may have equal health needs?

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