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Questions for Oral Answer - 3 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Wednesday, 3 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How many patients does he expect this financial year will be removed from waiting lists and returned to their GP for ongoing care, and how does this number compare with the previous years?

2. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Revenue: How much has GST per litre of petrol increased in real terms since April 2000?

3. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: In what specific ways did the Chairman of Housing New Zealand Corporation act "appropriately and promptly" in respect of the allegations of accounting irregularities made by a former contractor and the associated gagging clause of that contractor?

4. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Trade: What reports, if any, has he received commenting on the outcome of the United States-New Zealand Partnership dialogue held in Washington recently?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What evidence has he received that supports his official's statements that the NCEA process ensures "results are consistent and fair"?

6. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Following David Parker's admission that he had "cut a corner and that was a mistake", did she or her staff ask David Parker before he was reinstated into Cabinet, whether there were any other corners that he might have cut that could compromise his ability to be an effective Minister; if so, was she satisfied with his response?

7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he stand by his statement that "The prison service is not in crisis; it is running really well."; if so, why?

8. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister for the Environment: What steps has the Government taken to reduce health risks associated with poor air quality?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy: Does he agree with Electricity Commissioner, David Close's "fundamental reservations" over the way the Commission approves investments in the national grid; if not, why not?

10. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Building Issues: What reports, if any, has he received on proposals to license building practitioners?

11. Hon TONY RYALL to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, "What I'm satisfied by is that PlunketLine, in terms of calls picked up, was not providing a good service"; if so, what did she mean by "not providing a good service"?

12. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by the national goals of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy to "turn the tide on the decline of our biodiversity, and to maintain and restore a full range of our remaining natural habitats and ecosystems and viable populations of all native species."?

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