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Questions for Oral Answer - 5 April 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on the uptake of Childcare Assistance under Working for Families?

2. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Did she respond "I don't know" to a media question about the prospect of her Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon Dr Michael Cullen, delivering the next three budgets because she wanted to give him a strong hint that he is now a serious liability to her Government, or because she expects that her Government will lose its majority in the Parliament inside that three year period?

3. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is the Government still committed to delivering a single core benefit, given his statement in The Jobs Letter yesterday "I can't say that we will be delivering a single core benefit"; if not, why not?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Why did she make public comments about the possible reinstatement of David Parker to her Cabinet when the Companies Office has yet to complete its inquiry into declarations made by David Parker?

5. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Defence: What are the reasons for participation by the New Zealand Defence Force in the Proliferation Security Initiative in Darwin?

6. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: When does he expect the single core benefit to be implemented?

7. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is he satisfied with the Government's response to the report by the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the situation of Maori in New Zealand?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Has the Ministry of Health written to district health board chairs recently to express concern about a lack of satisfactory progress in elective surgery; if so, which district health boards did the Ministry write to?

9. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister of Labour: What action is the Government taking to support New Zealand's lowest paid workers?

10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he stand by the statement to the House on 16 February 2006 that New Zealand's Kyoto liability for the first commitment period would be $562 million; if not, why not?

11. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Deputy Prime Minister: Does he stand by his reported comments that the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for indigenous issues is disappointing, unbalanced and narrow and that the Special Rapporteur himself is "out of touch ... with New Zealand", and will the Government make a complaint to the United Nations?

12. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Youth Affairs: Is she satisfied with the performance of the Ministry of Youth Development?


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