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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 17 March

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 17 March 2004

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Food Safety: Is she satisfied that there is adequate information available to New Zealanders who wish to make an informed scientific submission on Monsanto's application to Food Standards Australia New Zealand to approve food derived from genetically modified Roundup-tolerant wheat for sale in New Zealand?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Conservation and the Minister of Civil Defence; if so, why?

3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is the Ministry of Social Development contemplating legal action against any individual or organisation at present; if so, against whom and what for?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Is he aware of any community education providers that may have enrolled at least one member of Parliament in a community education course; if so, how will he establish whether that enrolment met the criteria for Government funding?

5. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the impact of a cut in the corporate tax rate to 30 cents?

6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he confident that no potential terrorists have been granted New Zealand residency or citizenship since the year 2000?

7. HELEN DUNCAN to the Associate Minister of Labour: What were the key findings of the Department of Labour's evaluation of the paid parental leave scheme and what actions is she taking following those findings?

8. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Labour: Has he received any reports that state that the proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Act 2000 will help achieve the Government's stated goal of returning New Zealand to the top half of the OECD per capita income tables; if so, who were those reports received from?

9. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Justice: Is he satisfied that the Proceeds of Crime Act 1991 is proving successful in arresting the growth of criminal gangs?

10. Hon TONY RYALL to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Was a grant made via the Maori Youth Contestable Fund, as reported, for a 15-year-old recidivist offender well-known to police to purchase a computer as a "carrot" for not reoffending; if so, did she continue to reoffend afterwards?

11. MARK PECK to the Associate Minister of Energy: What announcements did he make during the New Zealand Petroleum Conference held in Auckland recently?

12. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Maori Affairs: What is the difference between Maori customary title and Maori customary rights to the foreshore and seabed and does he still believe that customary rights flow from customary title as he was reported as saying on National Radio on 24 June 2003?


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