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Questions for Oral Answer - 9 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers, in light of the leak last week of confidential budget-related Cabinet papers that reportedly wiped $1.8 billion from the market value of Telecom New Zealand Limited, and what steps has she taken to quickly identify the source of the leak?

2. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the Crown's financial position?

3. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: How long has Taito Phillip Field got to respond to the draft inquiry report of Noel Ingram QC into alleged conflicts of interest?

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. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Police: Has she received any reports that the police are inappropriately using pepper-spray; if so, what action does she plan to take?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What public statements or formal reports has he seen as evidence for his statement in relation to NCEA "that every assessment expert who we have had available to us, including people like John Hattie who has been part of the Ministerial reference group, has said that this year the variation is fine."?

7. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made on constructing new public hospitals around New Zealand?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Prime Minister: What was the date and nature of the offer made to Plunket that she referred to in the House last week when she said, "I have received advice that Plunket was offered funding for more calls and did not take up the offer."?

9. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on the Government's progress on moving New Zealanders off benefits and into work?

10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Civil Defence: Does he stand by his statement in relation to the tsunami warning last Thursday that the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management was "accurately on top of their job" and that "the BBC is at fault"; if so, why?

11. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: What is the hourly base rate of New Zealand's Special Air Service soldiers, given that they are contracted with the army to be on duty 24 hours a day, and seven days a week?

12. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Biosecurity: Is he satisfied with current border control checks on meat imports, and was there a risk that foot and mouth disease could have been imported with recent raw pork discovery?


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