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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 10 Feb. 2005

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 10 February 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Broadcasting: What progress has been made on the Government objective of promoting increased levels of New Zealand music on commercial radio?

2. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: What did he mean when he said on television last night that "I take the rap when things start to break down"?

3. MARC ALEXANDER to the Minister of Police: Is the Government planning additional measures to help the police combat the distribution of the new and more potent form of methamphetamine known as "crystal rock" by organised crime; if so, what are those measures?

4. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Police: Was he denying any of the facts when replying to my question about the Bentley case, "why ... would any frightened family ... trust a police force that cold-bloodedly lies to them about when help may arrive and is instructed to stop them from getting their neighbours to help, when the Minister of Police endorses that conduct and calls it a textbook response?", when he responded "I do not accept that the police are liars", and if the police weren't lying, what were they doing?

5. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What steps has the Government taken to increase the financial support available to tertiary students?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education: What criteria did Cabinet use to retrospectively determine eligibility for Scholarship distinction certificates?

7. DAVID PARKER to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: What programmes are being run by Work and Income to meet seasonal labour demand?

8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: What impact, if any, does the understanding of the English language have on the way in which she administers her Government?

9. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Have there been any recent announcements of public health organisations collapsing and public money being squandered; if so, where?

10. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Customs: What reports has he received about significant drug seizures at the border in 2004?

11. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for ACC: Does she have concerns that former employees of James Hardie Industries' South Auckland asbestos factory, who are now dying of asbestos-related diseases, are entitled to a $68.77 a week "independence allowance" as compensation, while Australian victims have negotiated lump sum payouts from James Hardie Industries that average over $272,000; if so, what does she intend to do to rectify this inequity?

12. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Associate Minister for Rural Affairs: When will legislation to enact the Government's decision on public access to private land be introduced to the House?


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