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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 3 February

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 3 February 2005

Questions to Ministers
1. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Police: Did it occur to him to ask the police what evidence they were still seeking when they informed him they were still investigating the Tame Iti case when Tame Iti was seen on television brandishing a shotgun, which he also discharged to shred a New Zealand flag, and what assurance can he give that all New Zealanders are treated equally under the law?

2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: What criteria are used by the New Zealand Immigration Service when deciding on whether to grant permission for foreign workers to be employed by New Zealand companies?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statement in the December Economic and Fiscal Update 2004 that "By the end of the forecast period, the oil price is projected to reach US$35 per barrel", when today's price for Brent Crude is around US$44 per barrel?

4. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government's fiscal programme?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement that an analysis into NCEA scholarship results will be given priority; if so, how will he conduct the investigation if the New Zealand Qualifications Authority will not release results until April?

6. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: What recent announcements has the Government made about transport infrastructure in the Wellington region?

7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: What is a Priority One emergency, and in how many police districts are the police meeting their performance standard of responding to 90 percent of Priority One emergency calls in an Urban Policing Area within the target 10 minutes of being reported?

8. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Justice: What actions are being taken by the Government to reduce car theft, and why?

9. JUDY TURNER to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in the House yesterday that "if we could get our rate of women's participation in the paid workforce up to the level of the top Scandinavian economies our standard of living would lift"; if so, does she view families' standards of living in purely economic terms?

10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Police: Why were Nelson police, over the Christmas holiday period, reportedly prepared to order people from the Wakapuaka Estuary at the request of iwi and issue trespass notices against people who used the estuary, when the Prime Minister last year said that the Government's foreshore and seabed policy guarantees access to the foreshore and seabed for all New Zealanders?

11. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: When will the level of Government overseas aid reach the level of 0.5 percent of Gross National Income achieved by the 1972-75 Labour Government in 1975?

12. HELEN DUNCAN to the Associate Minister of Education: What evidence has the Government received about the role of families in the educational achievement of their children?

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