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Questions For Oral Answer - 11 December 2002


Wednesday, 11 December 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Has she met with the Local Government Forum to discuss their concerns that the Local Government Bill is "clearly negative for growth", as they requested on 22 October 2002; if not, why not?

2. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Have marriages of convenience, of a nature similar to those allegedly used by students to gain financial advantage, been used by individuals wishing to obtain residence in New Zealand; if so, how many?

4. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Transport: Is the Government fully committed to the New Zealand Transport Strategy vision that "by 2010 New Zealand will have an affordable, integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable transport system"?

5. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Prime Minister: Will she give an absolute assurance that neither she nor her chief of staff, Heather Simpson, were briefed by the former Race Relations Conciliator, Mr Gregory Fortuin, in relation to his attempts to mediate between the different factions of the Alliance; if not, why not?

6. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Broadcasting: What reports has he received on the new appointment to the Broadcasting Standards Authority?

7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: In light of his denial last week that the indefinite deferment of three police recruit wings in 2001 had contributed to the staffing crisis in Auckland, what difference would the recruitment of 240 police officers in 2001 have made to the police staffing crisis in Auckland?

8. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Broadcasting: What is he doing to monitor violence on television?

9. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister of Customs: What steps is the New Zealand Customs Service taking to meet increased international concern about supply chain security?

10. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does he have confidence that crime statistics held by police adequately reflect true incidences of crime by ethnicity; if so, why?

11. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Education: Did students sitting NCEA exams in maths and other subjects all receive three hours for the exam even though some students were sitting for five achievement standards while others were sitting for as few as one; if so, how is this a fair exam?

12. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Have any district health boards internally increased the number of points required to get an operation, meaning patients have to be sicker to get service; if so, which ones?

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