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Questions for Oral Answer - 12 August 2003

Questions for Oral Answer
As At tuesday, 12 August 2003
Questions to Ministers

1. Hon MATT ROBSON to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps has the coalition Government taken to develop a set of economic indicators that will objectively measure economic development and New Zealand's growth?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does her statement that "No one is going to get any new exclusive ownership to the foreshore and seabed." mean that she will ensure that the Crown has exclusive title to the foreshore and seabed; if not, why not?

3. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Local Government: Does he continue to stand by his statement that "As Minister of Local Government it is my responsibility and indeed my privilege to act as an advocate for local government."?

4. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Broadcasting: Did his predecessor, the Hon Marian Hobbs, receive any representation from Dr Brian Edwards advocating that New Zealand on Air fund a "Larry King Live" meets "Top of the Morning" style television programme for himself, and what funding did New Zealand on Air eventually provide to his programme "Edwards At Large"?

5. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports has he seen on employment growth?

6. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Land Information: Why did he say "I stand by those statements" in response to my question last Wednesday, "Does the Minister stand by his statement to the New Zealand Herald that: 'significant chunks of the foreshore' - not the Queen's chain, the foreshore - 'has private ownership title' and that we are talking thousands and not hundreds of kilometres of private title to the foreshore?", when the Department of Conservation office solicitor told the Planning and Development Committee in respect of the foreshore "the proportion of private title is probably very small (less than 1 percent of the coastline)" and the Prime Minister is reported today as saying foreshore ownership was a "very small amount"?

7. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister for Rural Affairs: What reports has he received on walking access to rivers, lakes, the coastline and other parts of New Zealand's countryside?

8. CRAIG McNAIR to the Minister of Police: Do the police ever take into account any alleged religious or spiritual values when deciding whether to prosecute for any crimes; if so, why?

9. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Education: What initiatives has the Government put in place to promote the development of new approaches to information and communications technologies in teaching?

10. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Land Information: Does the current system of tenure review of Crown pastoral lease land include any requirement to ensure public access to public land and waterways that are adjacent to any freeholded pastoral lease land; if not, why not?

11. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Broadcasting: Can he confirm, as reported in the media, that the appointment of a Kaihautu by Television New Zealand Limited is related to its Charter responsibilities and can he advise the House what specific functions will be carried out by the person recently appointed to that position?

12. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister for Rural Affairs: With regard to the Acland Report, will he give an unqualified and clear assurance that the Government will not in any way diminish private landowners' rights to control access to their land; if not, can he assure property owners that they will be fully compensated for any restrictions imposed on their property rights for public access?


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