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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Questions To Ministers

1. JUDY TURNER to the Minister of Health: Why is the Government building more public hospitals when there is under-utilised capacity in private hospitals?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that "it is time to move to the next level in the economic transformation agenda."; if so, how is that agenda affected by last night's Australian budget?

3. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports on business reaction to the proposed changes to telecommunications regulations announced last week?

4. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Will he be following the lead of Australian Treasurer Peter Costello by raising income tax thresholds and/or cutting tax rates in his 2006 Budget; if not, why not?

5. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent steps has the Government taken to further its commitment to settle all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims?

6. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Why has she not asked each of her Ministers for an assurance that neither they nor any members of their staff were responsible for last week's leak of the confidential budget-related Cabinet paper?

7. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: I runga i te ahua kua tohaina te rima miriona tara mo nga tau e wha ka taea e te Minita te kii mai, e hia nga tono e pa ana ki te Tiriti o Waitangi ka oti, i runga ake i nga tono i whakaritea kia oti, mehemea kare i tukuna e ia te rima miriona tara hei putea?
Translation: Given the five million dollar funding over a four year period, how many Treaty of Waitangi claims does the Minister believe will be completed, over and above those which would have been completed, had the five million dollars not been made available?

8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Would a student sitting an NCEA external examination in 2005 have had the same chance of passing a given standard as they would have had in 2004 in the ten mainstream subjects analysed by Professor Warwick Elley; if not, why not?

9. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Education: What initiatives is the Government implementing to support environmental education in light of the Labour-led Government-Green Party co-operation agreement?

10. 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, why?

11. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What steps has the Government taken to ensure that Work and Income services are meeting the needs of New Zealanders?

12. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement to the House on 8 December 2005 that "we will recruit another 1,000 sworn front-line police", and does she mean that there will be 1,000 more sworn police on the streets by the end of this term on top of the current 7,657 sworn front-line officers?


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