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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 06 May 2003

Tuesday, 06 May 2003



1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What did she mean when she said “What everyone’s looking at is whether there is going to be a Franco/German/Russia linkup with good links through to the Chinese against what we have which looks like a small Anglo/American group – it shifts the whole dynamic”?

2. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports on New Zealand’s fiscal and monetary policy management?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Energy; if so, why?

4. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Broadcasting: What reports has he received on local music content on commercial radio stations?

5. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Energy: If domestic electricity consumers reduce electricity use by 10 percent, will that also reduce the cost of their electricity bills by 10 percent; if not, why not?

6. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: How do this Government’s regulations in labour, health and safety and resource management contribute to its goal of taking New Zealand to the top half of the OECD in terms of per capita income?

7. DAVID PARKER to the Associate Minister of Health: What recent initiatives has the Government announced to support rural health?

8. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Since his call for 10 percent power savings were answered last weekend with an average power saving of only 3 percent, have he and his ministerial colleagues considered lowering the minimum water levels in hydro lakes; if so, what specific measures have been considered?

9. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Justice: Does he consider the present offence provisions under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 for the illegal distribution of objectionable publications adequate?

10. RON MARK to the Minister of Justice: How many persons serving all or part of their sentence on home detention have re-offended, and what number of these have been recalled to prison?

11. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by his statement about the proposed site of the Dobson hydro dam that he was “not prepared to rip the heart out of an important ecological area”; if so, what is the ecological importance of that area?

12. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: What assurance can she give that district health boards will not implement the option contained in the report Options for Reform of Diagnostic Laboratory Services Markets to transfer the control of collection and distribution arrangements to themselves, and will she guarantee that under any scenario district health boards will continue to honour existing contracts with community laboratories?

QUESTIONS TO MEMBERS 1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Primary Production Committee: How many meetings has the committee had to hear evidence in its inquiry into the administration and management of New Zealand’s scampi fishery?

2. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: When will the committee set a time to consider the petition of Kenneth Wang and others requesting a review of the new English language immigration tests?


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