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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Did she or any of her Ministers convey the reported concerns that she said she had for some time over Te Wananga o Aotearoa to Dr Rongo Wetere; if so, what was Dr Wetere's response?

2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she still hold the same view as she did in the House on 13 May 2003, arising from questions about the increase in reported kidnappings by Asians, when she said "there is not a crime wave."; if so, why?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education: Has the Government initiated an inquiry into NCEA results; if so, when was the decision to undertake that inquiry made?

4. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Has he received any reports on other countries having withdrawn their Ambassadors from Indonesia in protest at the inability of prosecutors to secure court convictions on the most serious charges against Abu Bakar Bashir?

5. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he agree with economist Dr Susan St John who was reported in this morning's New Zealand Herald as saying that the new single benefit would be sensible if the core benefits were high enough but they were not; if not, why not?

6. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: What initiatives in the area of cancer control has she announced recently?

7. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he believe the Government has fulfilled the commitment made by Hon Steve Maharey in 2001 that, "The Tertiary Education Commission will positively impact on you by providing a more strategic and systematic approach to the way that tertiary education is funded and regulated."; if so, why?

8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What recent reports, if any, has he received on average student loan repayment times?

9. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Does she agree that district health boards which accept sponsorship for mobile dental clinics from Ronald McDonald House charities and allow the McDonalds' clown to be painted across the dental vans are effectively endorsing McDonalds' marketing and advertising plans?

10. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned about the level of real after tax wages currently paid to the average New Zealand worker; if so, what does he propose to do about it?

11. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What has the Government done to improve choice and opportunities for women?

12. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Conservation: How many new marine reserves, if any, are currently being proposed or considered by the Department of Conservation, and what are their proposed locations?

ENDS

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