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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Is it still the goal of her Government to have New Zealand "return to the top half of the OECD ratings by 2011"; if so, will tomorrow's Budget ensure that New Zealand achieves that goal?

2. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Police: What steps has the Government announced which implement the confidence and supply agreement with New Zealand First in respect of police numbers?

3. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Communications: Does he stand by his statement that Telecom shareholders "need to accept that in the short run there may be somewhat lower dividend flows or lower returns"; if not, why not?

4. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure that students stay at school?

5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Is she satisfied with arrangements for the handling of sensitive Government documents by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; if not, why not?

6. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his reported statement to the Auckland mayors that "rail will never work"?

7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Does she stand by her statement yesterday that she does not underestimate the difficulties in recruiting extra police; if not, why not?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How many elective surgery patient discharges were there in the financial year to March 2006, and how does this compare to the same period in 2000/2001?

9. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What steps is he taking to ensure that the significant funding boost to the aged residential care sector that is to feature in this year's Budget is delivered to the aged care sector in its entirety and in a timely fashion?

10. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister for Senior Citizens: Does she stand by her statement that "As far as the Government is concerned, abuse or neglect of our older citizens in residential care - or anywhere else, for that matter - is abhorrent. It is simply unacceptable."; if so, why?

11. STEVE CHADWICK to the Associate Minister of Health: What initiatives is the Government considering to reduce tobacco consumption?

12. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Does he stand by his translated statement in the House yesterday regarding Te Puni Kokiri that it is not right to say here whether his Ministry is "a waste of time for Maori"; if so, where does he believe Te Puni Kokiri should be held to account?


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