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Questions for Oral Answer - 14 August 2003

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 14 August 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. PETER BROWN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What options are presently available for teenagers deciding to leave school without having obtained work?

2. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied that his department is doing enough to keep violent offenders secure and away from the public?

3. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: In light of today's announcement of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund's investment strategy, does he believe that the Treasury's original assumption of an overall long-term annual return of 9.4% on the fund is realistic; if not, why not?

4. DAVE HEREORA to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What is the Government doing to improve the participation of low income people in tertiary education and to retain these students in New Zealand once they have graduated?

5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: When Hon Dr Michael Cullen said on her behalf "those on the extremes" would be disappointed with the Government's decision on the seabed and foreshore, did this include New Zealanders who believe the Crown should have exclusive title over the foreshore and the seabed to be "on the extremes"; if so, why?

6. DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Small Business: What has been the response to the launch of the Biz Portal website earlier this month?

7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Defence: Can he assure the House and the New Zealand public that the New Zealand Defence Force unit deployed to Iraq will have sufficient support and defensive capability to defend itself in the event of hostile action; if so, why?

8. ROD DONALD to the Minister of Commerce: How is the tariff review she is due to present to Cabinet this month taking into account the comments of the Acting Minister of Commerce, Hon Trevor Mallard, on 11 May 2000 that "it is senseless for New Zealand to attempt to lead the world into a tariff-free playing field, without ensuring that other countries reciprocate"?

9. BRIAN CONNELL to the Minister of Corrections: Does he believe that his department can provide "safe, secure and humane management of offenders" as outlined in its recent Strategic Business Plan?

10. DEBORAH CODDINGTON to the Minister of Broadcasting: What is the salary band of Television New Zealand Limited's new position of Kaihautu, and have there been any employment grievances from other persons who believed they had been offered the position of Kaihautu?

11. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Is he considering any initiatives to assist in combating immigrant crime; if so, what?

12. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Customs: What impact is the increasing abuse of pure methamphetamine, commonly known as 'P', having at the New Zealand border?

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