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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 8 June 2005

Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 8 June 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Health: Does she believe the New Zealand public has confidence in the ability of the healthcare sector to continue to provide quality services, in light of the survey published by The New Zealand Herald recently showing 73.8 percent of people believe Government-funded healthcare has remained the same or worsened since 1999; if so, why?

2. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Have any State-owned enterprises engaged in structured finance deals that could have reduced the New Zealand tax liability of the investing counterparty in the previous five years; if so, what are the details of those arrangements?

3. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: To what extent is the Government prepared to borrow for capital spending over the next four years?

4. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: What action is she taking to address Treasury's serious concerns about the sustainability of the current rate of growth in Vote Health, in particular the concern that, if the current rate of increase is maintained, Vote Health could be at least 13.6 percent of GDP by the year 2020?

5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Transport Safety: Does he have confidence in the Director of Civil Aviation?

6. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on how many New Zealand families have benefited from the 1 April changes in the Working for Families package by region?

7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Immigration: For what reasons would the New Zealand Immigration Service choose to appear or not appear at a Refugee Status Appeals Authority hearing?

8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: How is the Government improving the quality of education provided in schools?

9. JOHN KEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Of the 196,230 families who had registered for the Government's Working for Families package as of 1 April 2005, how many families were not automatically enrolled because they were not previously on a benefit and, of that group, how many have in fact taken the step of voluntarily enrolling?

10. DAIL JONES to the Coordinating Minister, Race Relations: What has been the total cost across all Government agencies in the last financial year of providing internal or contracted Treaty of Waitangi-related courses and education material on the Treaty of Waitangi?

11. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: Is she satisfied with the performance of the health system under the current Government, given that a recent poll found that 73.8 percent of people believed hospitals are offering the same or worse services as when Labour came into office?

12. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister of Education: How much has total student loans outstanding increased in the last six years and what level is this total forecast to reach by 2010?

ENDS

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