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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 16 October

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 16 October 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Transport: Will the review of major roading projects currently underway by Transit New Zealand and Transfund New Zealand be completed by December 2003 as stated, and will the review process result in delays to the construction start dates for the North Shore busway or the Wellington Inner City Bypass?

2. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he have full confidence in Te Puni Kokiri and its chief executive in light of the findings of the report to the State Services Commissioner, which was released yesterday; if not, why not?

3. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What steps is he taking to encourage new teachers with student loans to stay in the teaching profession?

4. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does she stand by the Department of Labour's annual report for 2002-2003 in relation to the New Zealand Immigration Service?

5. RICHARD WORTH to the Attorney-General: In light of her statement yesterday regarding judicial appointments to the Supreme Court that she would not reject the advice of the independent panel if it differed from her own views, does that mean that she will take no substantive part in the process of appointments other than passing the recommendations of the panel to the Governor- General; if not, why not?

6. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Education: What steps is he taking this World Food Day to promote healthy eating in schools?

7. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Prime Minister: Has the Prime Minister seen the State Services Commission Report of The Review of Te Puni Kokiri indicating "a systemic impediment to the business of government through the deterioration of the relationship between a Minister and his chief executive and senior officials," and a "lack of capability in the Ministry to support the constitutional mechanisms by which Parliament holds Ministers and thereby Government, to account,"; if so, does the Prime Minister have confidence that any parliamentary question put down to the Minister regarding Te Puni Kokiri will be answered honestly and accurately?

8. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Transport: What steps is the Government taking to improve road safety in New Zealand?

9. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he satisfied that Meridian Energy Limited has behaved within the spirit of the Resource Management Act throughout the resource consent process for Project Aqua; if so, why?

10. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Conservation: What opportunities does the public and the tourism industry have to influence the location and standard of visitor facilities in New Zealand's parks and reserves?

11. DAIL JONES to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Is his intention for tertiary education to ensure that New Zealanders who gain tertiary qualifications are able to gain employment?

12. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Transport: Will he change the Land Transport Management Bill to ensure that it will, in the Mayor of Auckland's words, contain "enough tools to urgently fix Auckland's incomplete transport network"; if not, why not?

Questions to Members
1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Dr the Honourable Lockwood Smith (Member in charge of local bill): Has he relayed the recommendations of the report of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the Rodney District (PENLINK Toll Road) Empowering Bill to the people of Rodney?

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