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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 10 December


Tuesday, 10 December 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Transport: What role does the "no blame" policy, which allows people to freely report aircraft safety incidents and accidents without fear of prosecution, play in the ability of the commercial aviation industry to maintain its world class safety record?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the judgment of the Associate Minister of Justice responsible for the Human Rights Commission and race relations, given a track record that has seen her recommend Ella Henry and Gregory Fortuin, both of whom were forced to leave their jobs, and now the "unwise" Taleban comments made by Joris de Bres; if so, why?

3. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: What action has the Government taken to support care and protection services to at-risk children and young people?

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: What are the age criteria for immigrants, asylum seekers or refugees wishing to obtain permanent residence in New Zealand?

5. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: What progress has the Government made in addressing the issue of climate change?

6. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: On what date did Industry New Zealand discover that their Associate Minister, Hon Dover Samuels, had a financial interest in Eternal Water (NZ) Ltd which received, on 23 February 2002, a business growth grant of $100,000, and how did they find out?

7. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for Biosecurity: Why has a period of three and a half years elapsed between the first discovery of the painted apple moth in West Auckland and the introduction by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of a Vegetation Control Zone under the Biosecurity Act 1993?

8. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister for the Environment: What progress has the Government made to implement the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification to establish a bioethics council?

9. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Did she sign the district annual plan for the Hawke's Bay District Health Board which contained proposals to introduce part payments for patients on elective surgery lists who want their operations done sooner; if so, why?

10. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister for Land Information: What initiatives is the Government taking to make land information more easily accessible online, and what are the benefits of this?

11. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Prime Minister: On what date did she become aware of the involvement of the former Race Relations Conciliator, Mr Gregory Fortuin, in mediating between the two factions of the Alliance, and on what occasions were she or her chief of staff, Heather Simpson, briefed by Mr Fortuin on progress in the mediation meetings?

12. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: On what date will she take action on the six district health boards who have refused to sign off their interim pharmacy agreements, given her reported public statement last month that district health boards refusing to sign the agreement will have their pharmaceutical budgets managed by the Ministry of Health, and what impact will her action have on the prices of medication that patients will have to pay?

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