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Questions for Oral Answer - 26 August 2003

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 26 August 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Why have a further 125 New Zealand military personnel been sent to the Solomon Islands and how long will they be deployed?

2. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister for Small Business: As the Business NZ-KPMG Compliance Cost Survey reveals only three of the 760 New Zealand businesses surveyed say that compliance costs have not increased under this Government, and identifies health and safety, tax, employment relations and ACC as having the largest increase in compliance costs and given the Government has legislated in each of these areas, what, if anything, will it do to reverse this trend of increasing compliance costs for business?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister for the Environment following her reported statement "Um, I don't know" in response to the New Zealand Herald's question "Are you happy to eat GM products?"?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that "the foreshore and seabed should be public domain", and does this mean her Government will move to extinguish indigenous title?

5. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Housing: What initiatives is the Government taking to promote stable tenancies?

6. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What is his response to comments by Manukau Mayor, Sir Barry Curtis, about the Gambling Bill that "we asked for powers to be given to councils to control the number and location of gambling outlets in their area ... But sadly this intention is not evident in the Gambling Bill ... Unless the proposed legislation is changed we will not be given the tools needed to control the problem."?

7. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Immigration: Did she follow up on the claim that an asylum seeker had gone missing from an Auckland refugee hostel, that there had been a cover up by the New Zealand Immigration Service and the Refugee Council and that he had neither been found nor deported?

8. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Is it correct that the Maori Television Service was due to commence broadcasting in June 2002, and when is the channel now expected to commence broadcasting following the resignation of its chief executive, Derek Fox, last week?

9. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister for Economic Development: What innovative high tech industry developments has the coalition Government been involved with in the Waikato region recently?

10. LINDSAY TISCH to the Minister for Small Business: In light of the Business NZ-KPMG Compliance Cost Survey released yesterday, does he acknowledge that the Government's attempts to reduce business compliance costs have failed; if not, why not?

11. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Health: What reports has she received, if any, about the adverse effects of immigration since the 1999 election on public health in the Auckland region, and what action has she taken?

12. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Justice: Is he satisfied at the current sanctions that are able to be imposed on those caught drinking alcohol or appearing drunk in a public place?


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