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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 24 June 2004

Questions for Oral Answer
As At thursday, 24 june 2004

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Will she ask the Governor-General to appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the allegations made in an affidavit read to the House yesterday by Hon Ken Shirley so that they can be seen to be considered in a non-political setting; if not, why not?

2. KATHERINE RICH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Does she stand by her statement that the "mother did not have a history of either physical or sexual abuse of her own children."; if so, does she still believe that the case of the six-week-old boy in Starship Hospital was "correctly assessed" by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services?

3. MARK PECK to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What progress is being made on trade negotiations with China and Thailand?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his February statement that, with regard to schooling arrangements to be imposed in Invercargill, "it is not my intention to put enrolment schemes where they do not currently apply."; if not, why not?

5. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: What lessons have been learned by the police administration, if any, from the Alec Waugh incident?

6. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Associate Minister of Justice: Does he intend to proceed with the Relationships (Statutory References) Bill if the Civil Union Bill fails to progress through all of its legislative stages?

7. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Fisheries: Are the terms "inconsistent", "unevenhanded" and "grossly inadequate", as used in the State Services Commission report on the scampi inquiry to describe the then fisheries ministry, indicative of the Ministry of Fisheries today?

8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What steps is he taking to ensure that secondary school students develop critical numeracy skills?

9. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Justice: Why did he not include any definition in the Parole Act 2002 of "due weight" in relation to victims' rights, and how much weight does he think should be given to a victim's wish to see justice done?

10. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Associate Minister Foreign Affairs and Trade (Official Development Assistance): How will recent funding announcements regarding New Zealand's overseas development assistance help advance security in the Pacific?

11. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister of Police: Is he confident that police time is well prioritised?

12. GEORGINA BEYER to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: What trends have there been in the number of young people on the Unemployment Benefit?

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