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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 2 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Tuesday, 2 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: What instructions, if any, has she given her Ministers and her department to develop a strategy for New Zealand's primary industry, transport, tourism and trading relationships to adapt to the reality of more expensive and less available oil, in light of her statement of 18 April that the reason for high oil prices is "because we're probably not too far short of peak production, if we're not already there"?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: What expectations, if any, has she conveyed to her Ministers regarding the accountability of Crown company directors to select committees, and what is her response to revelations that the former chairman of Television New Zealand Limited referred to select committee members as "bastards", describing them as the "enemy", and urged the withholding of politically damaging information from the committee?

3. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has he received on the possibility of a student attending school after being charged with a serious offence?

4. Hon TONY RYALL 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?

5. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Justice: What recent reports, if any, has he received on the future of the Maori seats?

6. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: What will be the formula for New Zealand residents calculating their tax liability if they hold shares outside of New Zealand or Australia after 1 April 2007?

7. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has he received on support for the Working for Families package?

8. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he have confidence in the Housing New Zealand Chairman, given that he broke the "no surprises" agreement, by failing to tell him for six months about the allegations of accounting irregularities made by a former contractor; if so, why?

9. TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Housing: What progress, if any, has been made in reducing the people living in crowded housing statistics, noting that the Social Report 2005 stated ten percent of the New Zealand population were living in crowded housing?

10. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What negotiations, if any, are currently taking place between the Government and Tainui over the Waikato River?

11. JUDY TURNER to the Associate Minister of Health: What are the next steps following the announcement of the terms of reference for the national medicines strategy?

12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: What has been the total cost to date of the inquiry by Noel Ingram QC into alleged conflicts of interest involving Taito Philip Field?


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