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Questions For Oral Answer Thursday, 08 May 2003

Thursday, 08 May 2003



1. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Associate Minister of Justice: Given the constitutional significance of abolishing the right of appeal to the Privy Council, does she support holding a referendum on the issue; if not, why not?

2. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Is his ministry monitoring the current level of democracy in Tonga; if so, has this monitoring produced any cause for concern?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Energy: What is his response to energy consumers, such as Becky Ashe of Mission Bay, who is unhappy at being blamed for power shortages and said ‘I don’t like the way this is all being blamed on the household consumer … We did our bit last time – and that wasn’t so long ago – so why is it happening again? I don’t want to spend nights at home in a cold dark house because something is happening that is not my fault.”?

4. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister of Justice: What steps have been taken to review eligibility for legal aid?

5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Does he support the call by the Winter Power Taskforce for hot water to be switched off for up to 18 hours a day if a 10 percent voluntary domestic power savings target is not met by the end of the month; if so, why?

6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Is she of the opinion that her Minister of Immigration is on top of her portfolio responsibilities; if so, why?

7. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Education: Who was responsible for the breach of section 4.2 of the Assessment and Certification Rules and Procedures for Secondary Schools 2002, pursuant to Part XX of the Education Act 1989, which states “The Chief Executive’s Nominee will advise schools of the following year’s schedule of fees for each of the Qualifications, no later than 1 December in the year preceding the assessment.”?

8. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What steps is the Government taking to actively encourage innovation in early childhood education services and schools?

9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Defence: Is the reason for the secrecy surrounding the base for the RNZAF Orion bound for the Gulf of Oman concern that people of that unnamed state might object to elements of the Maritime Interdiction Operation being based in their country; if not, what is the reason for secrecy?

10. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister of Commerce: What advice has she received on the response to the Government’s discussion document “Better Regulation of the Building Industry in New Zealand”?

11. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does she support mandatory country of origin labelling for food so that consumers can find out where the food they eat comes from; if not, why not?

12. STEVE CHADWICK to the Associate Minister of Health: What is she doing to ensure the country’s rest homes and home support services are delivering the best standards of care?

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