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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 11 May 2004

Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Does he agree with the former Minister of Immigration, Lianne Dalziel's statement: "No, I do not consider there to be a need to review the student visa system. I consider that the current system facilitates the entry of genuine students while managing the associated risks."; if not, why not?

2. SUE BRADFORD to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that "I for one cannot accept that it is fair and reasonable for the law to allow a defence for those who assault children."; if so, when will her Government repeal section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961?

3. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Justice: What reports has he received of serious violent offenders being released on parole and committing serious crimes within a few days of their release, and is he intending to make any changes to better safeguard the public from such criminals?

4. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand children's literacy?

5. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: What would be the estimated revenue reduction if the rate of income tax, including company tax, was cut to a top rate of 20 cents, and how does that estimate compare to the expected operating surplus?

6. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Does she stand by her statement that "It is important that the Government is seen to lead by example in the way it cares for its heritage,"; if so, why?

7. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What is the current status of negotiations, if any, between the Crown and Tainui over the West Coast harbours of Kawhia, Aotea, Raglan and Manukau and the Waikato River?

8. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Defence: Has he received any recent reports about New Zealand Defence Force deployments?

9. RON MARK to the Minister of Corrections: How many female prison officers have been interviewed, counselled or disciplined for having inappropriate relationships with male inmates since Labour came to office in 1999?

10. JUDY TURNER to the Minister of Health: Is she confident that the number of general practitioners in New Zealand will continue to be sufficient to achieve the Government's six key directions under the Primary Health Care Strategy; if so, why?

11. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Labour: Following his scheduled meeting with the Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern in Auckland last Thursday, will he be instructing officials to work on changes to the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill; if not, why not?

12. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Labour: What reports has he received on proposed changes to the Holidays Act 2003?


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