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Questions Of The Day Transcript - 23 July 2003

Wednesday, 23 July 2003



1. HELEN DUNCAN to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What progress is the Government’s industry training strategy making in meeting the skill needs of business?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in her Deputy Prime Minister; if so, why?

3. PAUL ADAMS to the Minister of Local Government: Does the Government have any plans to address the pressure on local government funding sources, as illustrated by the Auckland rates crisis?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that “Ownership of the foreshore and seabed has long been considered to lie with the Crown …”; if so, will her Government legislate to ensure that the Crown has exclusive title to the seabed and foreshore?

5. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Justice: Why is the Government not moving to repeal section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 immediately as one means of addressing the increasing abuse of children identified in the most recent Social Report?

6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: When she made her statement reported in the New Zealand Herald of 24 June 2003 as “ownership of the seabed and foreshore had long been considered to lie with the Crown and legislation would clarify that”, did she personally have confidence in herself to make that statement; if so, how does she reconcile that statement with the Labour Maori members’ statement given on the same day?

7. DIANNE YATES to the Minister for ACC: What action is ACC taking to implement improved health and safety provisions in workplaces?

8. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Police: Do the police have a national policy on ticket quotas?

9. TIM BARNETT to the Associate Minister of Justice: What progress has been made in coordinating and managing justice sector information?

10. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Why, five years after the National Review of Paediatric Specialty Services, does New Zealand still only have three paediatric neurologists and no nationwide integrated service?

11. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Education: Why has he agreed that Aorangi School and Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau will not have to repay the $71,000 accidentally paid to them by the Ministry of Education?

12. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Agriculture: Will the Government legislate to enforce the collection of the agricultural greenhouse gas emissions research levy; if so, what is the timetable for such legislation?

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