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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 November

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 11 November 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Has the Government received any reports into its economic credibility?

2. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister for Crown Research Institutes: Does he accept that the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited report titled "Air Quality inside the Bream Bay Club, Ruakaka" was "flawed" as claimed by MP Steve Chadwick in her 30 October 2003 letter to Clubs NZ; if so, what were the report's flaws?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister with responsibility for Auckland Issues; if so, why?

4. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he think he was being responsible when he stated that any action taken to curb the exchange rate by the Government would only be declared "If and when I have done something."; if so, what impact does he think such a statement has on New Zealand's international credibility in the financial markets?

5. MAHARA OKEROA to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What is the Government doing to meet the skill needs identified by the Growth and Innovation Taskforces?

6. ROD DONALD to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: Which countries requested the New Zealand Government to remove or ease requirements for Overseas Investment Commission approval for foreign investment in the current General Agreement on Trade in Services negotiations?

7. KATHERINE RICH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Why did the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services fail to use $1 million worth of pre-purchased nationally contracted bednights in 2002/2003?

8. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Justice: What is the purpose of the extended supervision regime for child sex offenders proposed by the Government?

9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is the Government currently involved in any investigations with respect to arrivals from Algeria in September 2003; if so, what are the circumstances of those investigations?

10. JUDY TURNER to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement of May this year in relation to methamphetamine that "While dealing vigorously with those who make money from this scourge, we also need to ensure that we are supporting people who are addicted or whose lives have already been severely affected or destroyed by the drug,"; if not, why not?

11. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Why did the Ministry of Health end its three-year contract with Hanmer Clinics 14 months early, and did the clinics fulfil their contractual obligations in providing services to drug and alcohol patients?

12. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: How many methamphetimine labs found by Police are still waiting for the evidence seized from them to be examined by Environmental Science and Research, and when do these cases date back to?

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