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Questions for Oral Answer Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on the aspirations of New Zealanders that the KiwiSaver scheme will address?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Why does she still have confidence in her Minister of Social Development and Employment?

3. NANDOR TANCZOS to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does New Zealand support an international ban on the use of seed sterility technology, such as Terminator; if not, why not?

4. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she accept Hon David Benson-Pope's statement last Saturday that allegations he entered the girls' shower block and dormitories were "a nonsense"; if so, why?

5. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Labour: What recent reports, if any, has she received on the minimum wage?

6. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What credibility can he bring to the position of Minister for Social Development and Employment, given the allegations surrounding his inappropriate actions in charge of young people?

7. PITA PARAONE to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What initiatives, if any, are under way to ensure that historical Treaty claims are able to be settled expeditiously?

8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's statement about the alleged 1997 incident in which, as a teacher, Hon David Benson-Pope walked into the dormitory and bathroom of 14-year-old girls changing, "that he behaved in accordance with school policy at the time"; if so, what was that policy?

9. TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Labour: Will she be taking any action about the health and safety of employees following a Department of Corrections report into Mt Eden Prison which reportedly identified serious non-compliance with building codes and standards, fire, health and safety requirements; and a "medium" risk of sewage flooding into the exercise yards and other unsanitary conditions?

10. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement that he envisages some very bold measures emerging from the business tax review currently under way?

11. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What recent initiatives will enhance education and science research in New Zealand?

12. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister for Small Business: Does she stand by her statement to the House on 14 February 2006 that her Government had accepted 18 of the 19 recommendations from the Small Business Advisory Group's first report "outright"?

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