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Questions for Oral Answer - 21 March 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Tuesday, 21 March 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues; if so, why?

2. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Energy: Does he stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne that "Priority will be given to renewable energy sources." in the proposed National Energy Strategy; if so, how does he reconcile this with the Prime Minister's support for a new coal-burning power plant in Southland?

3. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne in 1999 that her Government would "restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral process."?

4. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister for ACC: What is the Government doing to reduce ACC levies for small businesses and self-employed people?

5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Does he believe the operation of the electricity market requires the provision of honest and accurate information from companies involved in that market?

6. KATHERINE RICH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Does she stand by her explanations to the House on 22, 23 and 24 June 2004 that a six-week-old baby was placed with his mother, a woman who had abused and seriously neglected his two other siblings, as she "did not have a history of either physical or sexual abuse of her own children."; if so, what is her definition of physical abuse?

7. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What steps are now under way to improve maternity services in New Zealand?

8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Conservation; if so, why?

9. STEVE CHADWICK to the Associate Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact of the amendments made to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990?

10. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister for Disability Issues: Was she aware of complaints surrounding Focus 2000 prior to 2005; if not, why not?

11. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Is the Government planning on urgently increasing the number of general practice training places it funds each year; if so, by how many places?

12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: Has she been advised of the progress of the inquiry being undertaken by Dr Noel Ingram to investigate allegations of conflicts of interest involving Hon Taito Philip Field; if so, has she been advised of when she is to receive the final report?

ENDS

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