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Questions for Oral Answer - 11 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Thursday, 11 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. 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", in light of today's IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Scoreboard, which shows that New Zealand has dropped six places in the past 12 months; if so, why?

2. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What is the Government doing to ensure that science contributes to addressing New Zealand's environmental challenges?

3. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he intend to make any reductions to personal tax rates or increase personal tax thresholds in Budget 2006; if not, why not?

4. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): What progress has been achieved in confirming a preferred site for a youth justice residence in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato area?

5. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement yesterday in the House that "this Government is committed to providing all the resources needed" to recruit an extra 1,000 front-line staff?

6. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Police: What progress has been made on instituting and reinstating sole charge and small police stations in rural areas?

7. 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?

8. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Communications: What will be the benefits to New Zealanders of the Government's decisions announced last week to require the unbundling of local loop and sub-loop copper lines and the associated policy decisions?

9. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: Does he have confidence in Housing New Zealand Corporation's management of its housing stock?

10. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister for the Environment: What recent initiatives has the Government taken to assist with the clean up of contaminated sites?

11. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister for Economic Development: What are the total sales for the New Zealand Focus store in Hong Kong from November 2005 to April 2006, and is the store on target to create an increase in sales of New Zealand products to the North Asia region of approximately $25 million over the first three years?

12. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister for Courts: What initiatives has the Government put in place to assist New Zealand families when a separation occurs?

Questions to Members

1. GORDON COPELAND to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: Has the committee yet heard evidence on my New Zealand Bill of Rights (Private Property Rights) Amendment Bill?


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