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Questions for Oral Answer - 22 March 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Conservation; if so, why?

2. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many families will benefit from changes to the Working for Families package from 1 April?

3. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Associate Minister for Economic Development: What part has he played in general policy development as an Associate Minister for Economic Development since taking up the role?

4. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree that public-private partnership contracts for road infrastructure are an efficient and cost-effective way to build roads and should be encouraged?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What agreements, if any, exist between schools and education agencies that limit the use of data presented in the Ministry of Education's SchoolSMART website?

6. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Justice: Has he been informed of the results of the UMR survey released yesterday, which found there was strong overall agreement (66 percent agree; 12 percent disagree) to the statement that "in addition to having the same rights as all New Zealanders, Maori have the right to live as Maori", and what is his response to this finding?

7. PHIL HEATLEY to the Associate Minister of Energy: When will he announce the bidding result of the Government's four oil and gas exploration block offers off the East Coast of the North Island and nine block offers in offshore Taranaki that closed on 17 February 2006?

8. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister responsible for Climate Change issues: What is the Government's current best estimate of the amount by which New Zealand will fail to meet its climate change obligations by 2012, and what will the likely cost of this be to the taxpayer in 2012?

9. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why?

10. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to increase the level of support available to the organics industry?

11. Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: Is he concerned about the Government's ability to meet New Zealanders' need for elective surgery; if not, why not?

12. TAITO PHILLIP FIELD to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs: What are the main conclusions of the latest Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs report on the effectiveness for Pacific Island people of Government policy?

ENDS

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