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Questions for Oral Answer Wednesday, 27 July 2005

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 27 July 2005

Questions to Ministers
1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: How much funding has the Government provided over the last three years for student enrolments in Te Wananga o Aotearoa's Mahi Ora and Kiwi Ora courses and The Open Polytechnic's Lifeworks course?

2. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has he received on possible changes to the student loan scheme?

3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Building Issues: Did the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service have a function for staff on Friday 17 June at the Stamford Plaza Hotel; if so, what did the event involve?

4. TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Health: At what point will she put in place a fully-funded public health strategy focusing on diabetes prevention and education?

5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Health: What commitment does she have to providing free health services for under six year olds given that parents identified this in a recent Plunket study as the policy measure most likely to be of assistance to families and parents?

6. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: As the highest debt owed by a recipient of the unemployment benefit at the end of May was $201,058.21 and this debt is being repaid at $10 a week, does he accept that at this rate the debt will be paid off in around 386 years in the year 2391?

7. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Justice: Will the Government support referring my bill to repeal section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 to a select committee today?

8. JUDITH COLLINS to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Is she satisfied that her and the Child, Youth and Family Service's response to concerns raised about the suitability of caregivers is consistent with her statement of 23 June 2005 that "we are now moving into a phase of what I would describe as performance excellence,"?

9. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does the Government intend to make any changes to New Zealand's nuclear-free status?

10. LARRY BALDOCK to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her response to the question in Express Magazine last year whether she would consider amending the Marriage Act 1955 once the Civil Union Bill had passed to allow for same-sex marriage, that "I think you need to see how the civil union settles in ... see how it goes, see how the times are moving and keep in mind international developments. We tend to be as progressive as any country on these issues."; if not, why not?

11. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Transport: By how much has transport funding increased since the change in Government in 1999?

12. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Corrections: Why does his department require women to go to the back of the room and not speak at welcoming and farewell ceremonies just because they are women and how does he reconcile this discrimination against women with the Human Rights Act 1993?


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