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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 26 July 2005

Questions for Oral Answer -As At Tuesday, 26 July 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Health: Is she satisfied with the funding of Pharmac; if so, why?

2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Is he confident that he has curbed the "culture of extravagance" in Television New Zealand Limited and addressed issues that were the subject of a select committee inquiry; if so, why?

3. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Would the Government accede to a request to send New Zealand troops into a combat role in Iraq?

4. ROD DONALD to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that she "wouldn't be seen dead" in Zimbabwe; if so, why?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement on the Agenda programme with regard to ending the funding of sing-along courses, "Yes ... they went I think in 2003 and 2004", and "Well I'd been briefed it's off."; if so, why?

6. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on numbers of working-age New Zealanders receiving a benefit?

7. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: How many files, categorised A, B, and C, if any, were investigated by the special team set up within the New Zealand Immigration Service and described by him on 3 May 2005, and how many files remain unresolved within each category?

8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Building Issues: Is he satisfied that the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service has given good value for the $52 million of taxpayers' money appropriated to date, given that after nearly three years of operation only 10 percent of claims have been resolved?

9. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Does she agree that a survey which shows that 84 percent of people believe that unhealthy food and drink should not be sold in schools gives politicians "the mandate needed to regulate the environment in order to protect children from influences contributing to the obesity epidemic,"; if so, what is she doing as Minister of Health to get unhealthy food and drink out of schools?

10. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Finance: What would be the annual fiscal cost, both at present and in 20 years' time, of paying New Zealand superannuation to Maori at age 60 instead of 65?

11. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: How much of the $500 million extra transport spending announced by him on 23 June 2005 is made up of tax currently in dispute?

12. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: What reports, if any, has he received on proposed changes to the tax system?

ENDS

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