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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 7 june 2005

Questions for Oral Answer As At Tuesday, 7 june 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Finance?

2. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on the level of mortgage interest rates?

3. DAIL JONES to the Coordinating Minister, Race Relations: Is it Government policy for all Government-funded entities to provide education on the Treaty of Waitangi; if so, what has been the total cost in the last financial year for all internal courses, contracted courses and education material on the Treaty of Waitangi?

4. MARK PECK to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: How is the Government continuing to support innovation in the New Zealand economy, through research, science and technology?

5. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Transport: How much is the Government spending on land transport in Auckland this year and how does this compare with previous years?

6. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement regarding Transpower's $733 million structured finance deal, that it is "difficult for Ministers to fully appreciate all the risks and benefits" without the same legal advice Transpower had received; if not, why not?

7. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: What progress has the Government made towards its targets for getting more people into Modern Apprenticeships?

8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Has he been advised of a workload study that reportedly says the NCEA is placing increasing strain on teachers with many teachers believing their high workloads constrain their quality of teaching; if so, what action does he intent to take?

9. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Conservation: What progress, if any, has been made on the formal reassessment of 1080 by the Environmental Risk Management Authority, as initiated by the Department of Conservation and the Animal Health Board, and how many aerial 1080 drops, if any, are scheduled to take place before the reassessment is complete?

10. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Education: Did the Rt Hon Helen Clark announce a policy regarding taxpayer subsidised tertiary study for Chinese nationals last week; if so, what is the total estimated annual cost to the taxpayer of such a scheme?

11. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he stand by the statement on his behalf in the House in relation to the golden handshake paid to the former Families Commission chief executive that he "was first advised on 13 April that Claire Austin was leaving, and that her departure involved a payout, and that this payout was confidential. By then the commission and Claire Austin had reached a legally binding agreement."; if so, why?

12. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Does she stand by the reported assurance she gave the Health Committee in 2002 that she was aiming at a deficit that was "close to zero" within three years, and what is her explanation for the projection of district health board deficits of $100 million for 2005/04 and similar deficits for 2006/07?

Questions to Members

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Health Committee: Is the committee meeting to discuss the 2005/06 Estimates: Vote Health; if so, when?


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