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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 12 June 2003

Thursday, 12 June 2003

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Maori Affairs: On what date and how did he learn that his reply to Question for Written Answer No 257 lodged on 13 February 2003 that “I am advised by my officials that there have been no payments of cash by Maori Sports Casting International (MSCI) to any employees of Te Mangai Paho.” was incorrect?

2. JUDY TURNER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is he satisfied with the quality of advice that he receives from his officials?

3. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Is he confident that police numbers at present are sufficient to ensure police are fully aware of street activity in their areas?

4. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Maori Affairs: On what date or dates did Mr Leith Comer apologise to him for embarrassing him with incorrect answers to parliamentary questions, as reported in the Dominion Post on 31 May, and what were the specific questions that Mr Comer apologised for on each occasion?

5. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What announcements has he made today to support innovative programmes in schools?

6. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Reserve Bank’s judgment that the New Zealand economy may contract this quarter?

7. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for Biosecurity: How many biosecurity incursions requiring post-border eradication and control have there been in the last five years, and what is the estimated cost to New Zealand of these events?

8. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Customs: Has he received any reports on trends in the importation of substances intended for the production of methamphetamine?

9. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Why will heart patients needing a bypass operation be able to access that surgery more easily in Auckland and Waikato needing only 35 points to qualify, than in Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin where they need at least 50 points?

10. DAIL JONES to the Minister of Justice: Does he intend to review the Sentencing Act 2002 in light of the halving of the sentence of Ding Yan Zhao; if not, why not?

11. KATHERINE RICH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): When was Child, Youth and Family Services notified that an 11 year old boy was not attending school because successive State-funded carers refused to look after his tetraplegic grandfather, and what action was taken at the time to ensure he could attend school?

12. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Youth Affairs: What evidence is there of positive education, training and employment outcomes for participants in the youth development programmes funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs?

ENDS

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