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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 20 March

Thursday, 20 March 2003



1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of State Services: When did the present Governor of the Reserve Bank leave the office of Secretary to the Treasury and why has the position of Secretary to the Treasury not been filled?

2. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: Why does the Government provide $8 million in equity funding to some community-based early childhood education providers, but not to privately-owned early childhood education providers?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: In light of reports that there is an electricity supply crisis in New Zealand, does he agree that a failure to act by the Government could result in significant damage to the economy; if not, why not?

4. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What, if any, emergency assistance will New Zealand make available to alleviate the human consequences of war in Iraq?

5. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Did any of his Ministerial staff attend the awards dinner on 6 July 2002 in their role as commentators for Maori Sports Casting International; if so, what action has he taken, given that he told this House yesterday that he did not believe Te Puni Kokiri’s expenditure on the dinner acceptable?

6. MURRAY SMITH to the Attorney-General: Does she consider the proposed Supreme Court will improve the quality of New Zealand’s judicial system?

7. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What information has he received regarding allegations that Slightly Offbeat Productions, a company which has received $400,000 from Te Mangai Paho to dub Canadian cartoons into Maori, has unpaid bills of between $70,000 and $80,000, and what assurances can he give this House that Te Mangai Paho is effectively monitoring the expenditure of taxpayers’ money?

8. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for Food Safety: Why did New Zealand accept a variation to the Australian New Zealand Food Standard code that will allow irradiated mango, papaya, mangosteen, litchi, breadfruit, carambola, custard apple and rambutan to be imported into New Zealand?

9. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of State Services: Is he satisfied that all State sector employees are treated in an equal manner with respect to employment issues?

10. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of State Services: What steps are being taken to ensure that accessing Government information and services online will be secure for members of the public?

11. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he support the banning of smoking in all pubs, clubs and RSAs as recommended in the Health Committee’s report on the Smokefree Environments (Enhanced Protection) Amendment Bill; if so, why?

12. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Customs: What is the Government doing about the importation of objectionable materials such as child pornography into New Zealand?


1. DAIL JONES to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: What meetings have been held by the Local Government and Environment Committee to consider the Local Government Law Reform Bill (No 2) concerning dog control, since it was referred back to the committee?


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