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Questions For Oral Answer Wednesday, 14 May 2003

Questions For Oral Answer Wednesday, 14 May 2003

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Why did her office, on Monday, ask the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to forward to her the official files relating to changes to the definition of historic heritage in the Resource Management Amendment Bill (No 2)?

2. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What steps has the Government taken to protect New Zealanders in countries like Saudi Arabia against the threat of terrorist attack?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What procedures are in place to ensure that she has seen and read documents to which her signature is affixed?

4. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: How was her statement that New Zealand’s relationship with the European Union is of ‘paramount importance’ received by European leaders, and what steps is she taking to ensure Government policy gives effect to this statement?

5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: What is his response to the comments made recently by the head of the Winter Task Force that cutting hot water in households for up to 18 hours a day was being considered – which would mean people having to take cold showers – and he could not rule out pensioner homes being treated the same as other houses?

6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Energy: Did the Prime Minister have any involvement in the preparation of current energy savings advertisements that run on television?

7. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Broadcasting: What recent reports has he received highlighting the achievements of putting New Zealand-made programmes on television?

8. RON MARK to the Minister of Justice: Why is he seeking all-party support to make an addition to the Statutes Amendment Bill requiring bail conditions to be mandatory for offenders who have had their sentences deferred?

9. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What reports has he received about the level of investment in research and development in New Zealand and what do they say?

10. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: In light of the tax cuts in the Australian budget giving every worker a tax cut, partly by lifting the tax thresholds to compensate for inflation, does he believe it is fair to compensate workers for inflation; if not, why not?

11. MURRAY SMITH to the Minister for Courts: Does she consider that Waitangi Tribunal inquiries are being completed in a timely fashion?

12. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister for the Environment: Will she support changes to the New Organisms and Other Matters Bill, that are complementary to the changes recommended to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 by the Biotechnology Taskforce “to ensure New Zealand has a world class regulatory system that … is quick and cost efficient”?


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