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Questions for Oral Answer As At 12 August 2004

Questions for Oral Answer
As At thursday, 12 August 2004 Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Has the Government got any concerns about the manner and details relating to the sale of Powerco; if so, what are they?

2. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he stand by his response yesterday that Community Employment Group funded advice to beneficiaries on "safeguarding their income without jeopardising their benefits" can be "helpful", and is he satisfied that programmes funded by the Community Employment Group are an acceptable use of taxpayer funding?

3. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: What recent innovations in community and primary healthcare has the Minister been advised of, and what impact will these have on the health of New Zealanders?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): When will he begin investigations at Tairawhiti Polytechnic, the Manukau Institute of Technology, the Eastern Institute of Technology and other big recipients of community education funding in order to ensure that enrolments resulted in student engagement and learning, as he indicated he would yesterday?

5. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Agriculture: What further support has the Government provided to farmers affected by recent floods?

6. DEBORAH CODDINGTON to the Minister of Corrections: Why did Corrections allow one of New Zealand's worst child sex abusers, Roy David Bailey, to lead a fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation without informing the Foundation of his crimes, and what other charities have been assisted by inmates without the charities' knowledge?

7. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Does she agree that "the RMA is a very sound basis for resource planning. Relative to the comparable law in other OECD countries it is low cost and easy to negotiate." and that "The Act has been used as a scapegoat, taking the blame for the failure of consent applications which would have been marginal under any system that weighed the various interests fairly and respected natural justice."?

8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Does he regard the potential conflict of interest outlined in the Tertiary Education Commission Review of the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology COOL Programme as acceptable in a publicly-funded institution; if so, why?

9. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Is he satisfied that police are sufficiently resourced in order to respond to all facets of crime?

10. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has he received on possible changes to school zoning policies?

11. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: Which police districts operate quotas or performance measures where officers are expected to issue a certain number of tickets every hour or day they are on traffic duty, and does he agree with this system?

12. PAUL ADAMS to the Minister for ACC: Does the Minister believe that the proposed increases to ACC premiums for farmers are fair?


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