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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 15 March 2005

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 15 March 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. METIRIA TUREI to the Attorney-General: Does he believe the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 provides an appropriate process for recognising Maori customary rights and exercising Crown ownership responsibilities in the coastal marine area; if so, why?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in her Minister of Health; if so, why?

3. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Ministry of Health taking to ensure the flu vaccine programme is undertaken effectively?

4. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Finance: How much have all forms of taxes and levies gone up on each litre of petrol since the Government was elected in 1999, and does he have any concerns for the impact this is having on businesses and those on fixed incomes?

5. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied the Government is doing enough to reduce medical student debt so that adequate numbers of medical graduates remain in New Zealand to work?

6. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Is her reported statement, "a lot of the reasons people left are no longer valid," her only response to the OECD report showing 24.2 percent of New Zealand-born tertiary educated people live outside New Zealand, while only 2.5 percent of Australian-born tertiary educated people live outside Australia; if not, what other response does her Government intend to make?

7. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the incidence of tax in New Zealand and what do they show?

8. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does New Zealand require Israeli citizens to hold a visa to visit New Zealand in a private capacity?

9. Hon MATT ROBSON to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: Has he received any recent reports on how the regions are responding to the challenge to lift their economic growth, and what do these reports indicate?

10. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What assurances can she give the House and the New Zealand public that every person who should receive the flu vaccine will receive a fully effective vaccine this winter before the flu hits?

11. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Youth Affairs: What progress has been made on services to ensure that school-leavers move successfully from school into work or further education?

12. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he agree with the statement made by Hon Steve Maharey in 2003 that, "The Tertiary Education Commission will bring clear strategic direction to the system as a whole ... It is very important to ensure that our research efforts and our student enrolments are concentrated in areas of high performance and high strategic relevance."; if so, does he think the Tertiary Education Commission is doing a good job?


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