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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 3 September

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 3 September 2003

Questions to Ministers
1. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: What has been the reaction to changes to dispensing of pharmaceuticals?

2. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Was he correct yesterday in the House when he answered "yes" to the question, "Was the chairman of the Maori Television Service factually correct when he said there was no confidentiality agreement binding Mr Fox?", and what action has he taken to assure himself that the Maori Television Service Board properly investigated the truth or otherwise of the complaint that led to the investigation into the "human resources issue"?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: When she said in relation to the Environmental Risk Management Authority yesterday, "if there are issues to do with genetically modified organisms coming directly into our food chain as a result of any release ... I would consider that probably a serious enough matter to do it for them." did she mean that she will use her call in powers under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 to determine any applications to release food and feed crops or animals; if not, what did she mean?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Did any of the Prime Minister's staff have any communication with her or with Mary Anne Thompson about which "corngate" documents would not be publicly released; if so, what was the content of that communication?

5. TIM BARNETT to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What reports has he received on progress being made by the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands?

6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: In her answers to yesterday's oral question No 3, why did she say "As I understand it there is a screening for a disease like tuberculosis." and "Whether the rules are different for refugees I do not know.", in response to the matter raised about the number of tuberculosis and other third world diseases within hospitals in the North Shore and Auckland region and how does she justify her confidence in her Minister of Health and Minister of Immigration?

7. BERNIE OGILVY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement that the export education industry is "proving to have its risky and volatile sides."; if not, why not?

8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Prime Minister: How does she reconcile her statement on National Radio on 11 July 2002 that "ERMA was in with MAF advising Ministers from the outset, and the advice we got was that there was no GE contamination." with the statement by Dr Basil Walker, Head of the Environmental Risk Management Authority, on 12 July 2002 that "I should make it clear that at no stage have we said, categorically, there was no contamination."?

9. MARK PECK to the Minister of Commerce: What is she doing to progress business law co-ordination with Australia?

10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Noting her statements that she wanted full disclosure of all documents relating to GM-contaminated corn, will she and her office and department release all such information and communications, including emails, memoranda and briefings, received or prepared by her, her office and her department since 11 July 2002; if not, why not?

11. RON MARK to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in her Minister of Health; if so, why?

12. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Maori Affairs; if so, why?


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