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Questions for Oral Answer As At Wed, 16 March

Questions for Oral Answer As At Wednesday, 16 March 2005

Questions To Ministers

1. DAIL JONES to the Minister of Finance: On whose advice did he decide to establish a joint trans-Tasman council on banking supervision, and what is the purpose of the council?

2. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: How is the research, science and technology portfolio contributing to the development of New Zealand's biotechnology industry?

3. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: What advantages, if any, does accrual accounting have over cash accounting in the presentation of the Crown accounts?

4. JUDY TURNER to the Associate Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that the pay, conditions and development of carers in aged-care facilities are sufficient to ensure a sustainable and viable workforce; if so, why?

5. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Why did she not inform the New Zealand public immediately when she learnt there was a problem with the flu vaccine on 28 February?

6. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Education: What steps is the Government taking to promote better linkages between tertiary education organisations and industry?

7. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: How much funding, if any, was allocated from the strategic priorities fund for each of the following courses: the animal homeopathy course run by Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy, the art of health course run by Taruna College and the nail technology course run by The National School of Aesthetics?

8. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for the Environment: Does she stand by her response to my question for written answer 15237 (2004) that a role of the Ministry for the Environment in respect of biotechnology is to "ensure our regulations remain appropriate"; if so, has she received any new information that would cause her to revise those regulations?

9. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Why wasn't the report "Review of Primary Health Organisation Management Services", dated 11 August 2004, released when I made a request in September 2004 under the Official Information Act 1982, and why has it taken six months and intervention from the Ombudsmen for this report to finally be made available?

10. MARK PECK to the Minister of Customs: What initiatives has he launched to increase the dual purposes of trade facilitation and security capability at the border?

11. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Corrections: What evidence did his department have for its assessment, as stated by Hon Phil Goff on 12 January 2005, that halving the supervision of paedophile Lloyd Alexander McIntosh is "appropriate to prevent risk of reoffending at this point"?

12. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Energy: Have average household power prices increased since the election of the Government in 1999; if so, by how much?

Questions to Members

1. DAIL JONES to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: Has the committee been granted an extension to the report back date for the Criminal Procedure Bill, and when does he anticipate it will be reported.


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