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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 17 Sept.

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 17 September 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. MARK PECK to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on his powers in relation to the potential sale of the National Bank?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Do any of the four fundamental principles for proposed foreshore and seabed legislation, as expressed in the Government proposals for consultation published by her department, include any references to co-management, kaitiakitanga and guardianship; if not, why not?

3. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Minister of Transport's statement to the Road Transport Forum yesterday that "The car ... is behind unprecedented demand for funding, which has not kept pace with vehicle use."; if so, does he have any plans for addressing this transport funding shortfall in next year's budget?

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: With regard to the refugee situation, does she have confidence in the Minister of Immigration?

5. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Conservation: What progress, if any, has been made in engaging ethnic communities in conservation?

6. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statements "I believe in total disclosure on this.", "I'm not putting any restrictions on anyone talking about it." and "I am very happy for officials to speak completely openly because there's nothing to hide." in respect to "corngate"; if so, why?

7. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for Food Safety: What progress has she made in implementing the recommendation 8.3 of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification "that, as a matter of priority, the Food Administration Authority disseminate information on the labelling regime for genetically modified foods and consumer rights in relation to foods made available for consumption at restaurants and take-away bars."?

8. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Associate Minister of Justice: Were there any Maori Land Court decisions about seabed and foreshore away from the Marlborough Sounds awaiting the outcome of the Marlborough Sounds appeal; if so, will the Crown now stop the claimants getting titles to such areas?

9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Who suggested that interactive gambling should be included in the Gambling Bill, and what were the reasons for its inclusion?

10. GEORGINA BEYER to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent operational changes have been made to the process for people applying for the unemployment benefit?

11. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Does he agree with the "key actions" of the New Zealand Biotechnology Strategy to recruit and retain scientists and to encourage collaboration between research providers and businesses; if so, why?

12. RON MARK to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied that home detention and parole are fulfilling the purpose for which they were intended and does he have confidence in them?

ENDS

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