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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 4 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Thursday, 4 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Communications: What is the Government doing to make faster, cheaper broadband available to all New Zealanders?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: How did Telecom New Zealand Limited obtain a copy of a commercially sensitive Cabinet document?

3. TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Health: What advice, if any, has he received on the effectiveness of Tamiflu in the advent of an outbreak of a bird flu pandemic?

4. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of State Services: Is she satisfied with the way in which the State Services Commission offered advice on the Department of Child Youth and Family Services/Ministry of Social Development merger?

5. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Will he allocate specific funding, in addition to an inflation adjustment, to district health boards for the aged residential care sector to compensate them for the impact of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation multi-employer collective agreement, given that in his reply to written question number 1793 (2006) he noted the potential for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation multi-employer collective agreement to have an impact?

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

7. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Fisheries: Is his decision to allow the squid fishery to kill 55 percent more Hooker's sea lions, the rarest sea lion in the world, consistent with the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy?

8. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Does he intend to move ahead with major changes away from contestable Government funding for science, research and technology, given a University of Auckland report found that "evidence from the operation of the contestable funding system clearly shows that its introduction saw ... significant improvement in performance and relevance of services provided."?

9. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to reduce bullying in schools?

10. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Minister of Transport: Does she support the reported comments by Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard in relation to congestion charges for Auckland's roads, that Auckland cannot afford to reject an idea being adopted increasingly by overseas cities; if so, why?

11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What steps is she taking in response to the proposal, in the New Zealand Census of Women's Participation 2006, to allow the Ministry of Women's Affairs Nomination Service to be used by private sector companies interested in women's appointments to boards of directors?

12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Civil Defence: Is he satisfied with the management of information arising from the tsunami warning this morning?


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