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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 4 September

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 4 September 2003

Questions to Ministers
1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why does she continue to say that she has confidence in the Minister of Immigration and the Minister of Health when there are many examples of violent crime committed by immigrants and refugees together with the emergence of third world diseases in New Zealand, and what has she done about this?

2. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for Food Safety: Was Geoff Allen, from the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, correct when he said on radio, in respect of soy infant formula, that "all soy formula were tested and all four were positive"?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: Does he stand by his description of farmers opposing the "livestock flatulence" levy as "whingers"; if not, will he apologise?

4. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of State Services: What conventions preserve the political neutrality of the public service?

5. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Immigration: Does she accept the explanation of the memorandum asserting "everyone had agreed to lie in unison" provided in the report to her by the Chief Executive of the Department of Labour that it "was intended as a sarcastic and humorous response to media criticism of Departmental staff failing to answer media questions"; if so, could she explain to the House which part was sarcastic and which part humorous?

6. JILL PETTIS to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: What reports has he received about when and why the Kyoto Protocol will come into force internationally?

7. GERRARD ECKHOFF to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: Of the 20 or so meetings that Federated Farmers have organised to enable members of Parliament to explain and be questioned about the Government's proposed greenhouse gas emissions levy on agriculture, how many has the Prime Minister attended, and, if none, why has the Prime Minister not fronted up at these meetings?

8. MARC ALEXANDER to the Associate Minister of Communications: Does he stand by reported advice from the Minister of Communications that any interference issues resulting from the broadcast of the Maori Television Service from the Broadcast Communications Limited platform can readily be solved; if so, how is this reconciled with advice provided by the Maori Television Service that interference problems could affect "tens of thousands" of Sky subscribers and VCR users?

9. DAIL JONES to the Minister of Immigration: What does she intend to do about non-New Zealand pregnant women coming to New Zealand to give birth so that their children can claim New Zealand citizenship?

10. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What public funding currently exists for research into the control of varroa bee mite and when does this funding expire?

11. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of State Services: Who was the public servant who made the enquiry to the State Services Commission in July 2002 who, concerned about the political neutrality of the public service, said, "The appearance may be that the public servants are no more than political puppets, especially since what they are now saying is different to what official papers at the time said."?

12. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What, if any, concerns has New Zealand expressed about the outcome of the trial in Indonesia of the alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah?

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