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Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in Hon Pete Hodgson, Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change; if so, why?

2. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government's long term fiscal objectives?

3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change: Does he stand by his statement during the third reading of the Climate Change Response Bill in November 2002 that "New Zealand will be in the fortunate position of being a net seller of carbon credits in the international carbon market" and his statement in response to opposition to ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, "Would they set fire to a $200 million cheque?"?

4. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Conservation: Does he support lifting the international moratorium on whaling; if not, why not?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Why has he, and Government agencies, waited until June 2005 to take action on Te Wananga o Aotearoa, when an official stated on 17 October 2003 with respect to Te Wananga o Aotearoa, "I'm tired of going to large meetings which are drawn-out and everyone agrees but no action comes of it all."?

6. DAIL JONES to the Minister of Justice: How much has been spent in legal aid on Treaty claims and settlements broken down for each year ending June since 1999?

7. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Is the Government prepared to commit combat forces in Iraq if a request is received from the United States Government?

8. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Energy: Has he received any reports indicating that the future cost of energy is set to increase; if so, what does he believe to be the causes of any such increase?

9. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has he received on possible changes to school enrolment schemes?

10. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does she accept the findings of the Special Committee on Nuclear Propulsion which found that "The likelihood of damaging emission or discharge of radioactive material from nuclear powered vessels if in New Zealand ports is so remote that it cannot give rise to any rational apprehension.", and that nuclear powered vessels would "occasion no significant threat to the environment."; if not, what rational justification is there for continuing the ban?

11. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied that, in accordance with section 75 of the Education Act 1989, school Boards of Trustees adhere to the general laws of New Zealand, including sections 13 and 15 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 which provide for freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the right to manifest those beliefs; if not, why not?

12. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Police: When did he first find out that almost 180,000 calls to the police communications centres in the past 12 months were abandoned, and how did the Commissioner explain this to him?


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