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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 19 June 2003

Thursday, 19 June 2003

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

1. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports that Toll Holdings will be looking for Government support to maintain and upgrade the rail network if its 95 cents a share takeover bid for Tranz Rail is successful; if so, will Government support be forthcoming?

2. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: What safeguards are in place to ensure continuity of service during the amalgamation of Green Lane, National Women’s, Starship Children’s and Auckland Hospital on to one site in Grafton Road and what guarantees can she give that no one will be adversely affected by the move?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: When she said “I understand that the matters referred to have been covered by a personal statement made in this House before.”, did she check this out before she gave that answer; if not, why not?

4. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What was the purpose of the briefing provided to some media by the chief executive of Te Puni Kokiri, Mr Leith Comer, on 30 May 2003, in relation to inconsistencies between the Treasury-led report on Te Mangai Paho and answers to parliamentary questions provided by the Minister, and when was he told of plans to hold the briefing?

5. ROD DONALD to the Minister of Education: Why is he recommending that Henley, Momona and Allanton schools be closed and merged with Outram and East Taieri schools rather than accepting the proposals from his own Ministry’s network review to merge the three schools on the Allanton site?

6. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Education: How is the Government delivering on its goal of building an education system that equips New Zealand with 21st century skills, enabling participation by all in the growing economy?

7. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: Has the impact of inflation over the last four years led to New Zealanders paying a higher proportion of their personal income in tax; if so, will he considering lowering overall personal income tax rates to compensate taxpayers?

8. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Police: What reports has he received suggesting that burglary was being displaced by increased car conversion and theft from car offences?

9. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Is he satisfied with the current numbers of police?

10. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Maori Affairs: How much did Te Mangai Paho pay Maori Sports Casting International to commentate for broadcast the New Zealand vs. Australia ANZAC game at Albany on 24 April 1998 and on what date was the funding approved?

11. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Housing: Does he intend to help landlords protect their properties from problem tenants; if so, how?

12. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: How does he reconcile his statement that agriculture will be exempt from emissions charges with his proposal to tax farmers more than eight million dollars?

ENDS

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