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Questions For Oral Answer - 14 November 2002


Thursday, 14 November 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is it the Government's policy to accept that New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Who has she discussed the protests at Moutoa Gardens opposing the Whanganui River resource consent application by Genesis with, and what were the contents of those discussions?

3. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister for Food Safety: What reports has she received regarding New Zealand's organic food certification?

4. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: What instructions or advice have been given to Genesis about continuing with its resource consent application relating to the Whanganui River?

5. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of State Services: What steps has the Government taken to improve public access to e-government services?

6. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Education: Can he guarantee NCEA marking levels will be consistent between schools - that an "excellence" in one school will be the same as one in another; if not, why not?

7. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Has Meridian Energy Limited applied to the Ministry for the Environment to become a network utility operator under the Resource Management Act 1991; if so, will she grant Meridian Energy requiring authority status if the company is deemed to be a network utility operator?

8. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Broadcasting: Can he advise the House how the KPMG report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday concluded that Dr Armstrong's Paris trip expenses totalled $875, omitting any reference to a $1,432 interpreter, a $1,824 chauffeur-driven limousine and a $2,514 airfare, and can he now give an assurance that a thorough and complete review of Dr Armstrong's expenditure will be undertaken across the three relevant Crown entities?

9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Exactly what investigations is she conducting with regard to Mohammed Saidi, and why?

10. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for ACC: What progress is being made towards the Government's aim of reducing the incidence and severity of injuries in New Zealand?

11. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Labour: Does she consider the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill allowing fines of up to $250,000 on organisations that rely on volunteers is acceptable; if so, why?

12. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Finance: When he responded to a supplementary question on Tuesday by "noting" a statement that "if the full cost of roading had to be borne by the excise duty, the excise duty would have to be doubled", was he referring to doubling the amount that is currently transferred to the National Roads Fund, or to doubling the amount currently collected from the petrol-buying motorist?

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