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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 18 September

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 18 September 2003

Questions to Ministers
1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: Will he be proceeding with the High Court judicial review against the Maori Land Court decision in respect of Maori ownership of the Wakapuaka Estuary north of Nelson; if not, why not?

2. BERNIE OGILVY to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Why was the discussion document "Student Support in New Zealand" not released until this month, when in January 2002 he announced that the Government would publish a discussion document canvassing options for reform of financial support provided to tertiary students in May 2002?

3. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made to rectify the inequality of access to elective orthopaedic surgery in Counties Manukau compared to the rest of the country?

4. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Revenue: What proposals has the Government made to reduce tax compliance costs for small businesses?

5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Police: Is it important to maintain separation between the administrative, operational and political arms of the Police; if so, why?

6. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by her reported comments in The Press of 16 February 2002 that she took full responsibility for the recent delays in heart surgery in Christchurch, which clinicians say have resulted in the deaths of patients, and does she take equal responsibility for the recent delays in Wellington?

7. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he satisfied that, in relation to the programme Edwards at Large, Television New Zealand Limited has always set and maintained "the highest standards of programme quality and editorial integrity." as set out in its charter; if not, why not?

8. MARK PECK to the Minister of Energy: When will the new Electricity Commission first meet, and what will be its immediate priorities?

9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does she have confidence in the systems of the New Zealand Immigration Service?

10. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Health: What is her response to comments by an experienced Auckland psychiatric nurse that the practice of "risky discharges" from Auckland acute units to make room for new patients is "insane"?

11. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister for Courts: What new technology is the Department for Courts going to use to assist fines defaulters to pay their fines?

12. SIMON POWER to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he believe the decision by Airways Corporation to shut down the Wilsons Road primary radar will compromise the safety of air lanes; if not, why not?

ENDS

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