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Questions for Oral Answer - 9 February 2005

Questions for Oral Answer

As At Wednesday, 9 February 2005 Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he still believe that he has moved into the compulsory education sector at a time when all the big issues are "off the table", and does he stand by his statement yesterday regarding NCEA scholarship that "Nothing went wrong"?

2. ROD DONALD to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: When he said "I don't want to see New Zealand workers competing against Asian workers through their wages,", did he mean he intends to protect them against unfair competition; if not, why not?

3. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: Does he stand by his confirmation in the House yesterday that women are more concerned about speeding than they are about being attacked in their homes, even after the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges says that his view is "ludicrous"?

4. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Justice: Does the Annual Update of Forecasts of the Prison Population confirm that new sentencing laws and better policing have been effective against serial offenders?

5. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Is he satisfied with police response times, and does he stand by his statement that all staff who are on patrol are available to attend general duties call-outs?

6. JOHN CARTER to the Minister of Defence: Does he stand by his statement that the "current Cabinet is much more involved in the process" with reference to Cabinet oversight of major defence acquisitions; if so, why does the Auditor-General's report state that they saw no evidence that Cabinet was advised of a change in the operational use of the Light Armoured Vehicles?

7. JUDY TURNER to the Minister of Health: Is she satisfied that current Government policies are adequate for ensuring the health and well-being of New Zealand's children and their families; if so, why?

8. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Education: Does he believe that the New Zealand education system has the confidence of the public; if not, will he be making changes to either personnel or policy to ensure public confidence is restored?

9. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports about the strength of New Zealand capital markets?

10. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Police: How many traffic offence and infringement notices were issued in 2004 compared with 2000, and what was the total value of the fines imposed?

11. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Immigration: What recent reports has he received about migration from Australia to New Zealand?

12. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he support New Zealand Post's decision to use posties to gather information on residents and then sell it to businesses; if not, why not?


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