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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she believe Hon David Cunliffe was correct to have made the statements he made last week regarding Telecom's dividend policy; if so, why?

2. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many New Zealand families will receive targeted tax relief through the Working for Families package?

3. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she agree with Hon Dr Michael Cullen's comments that tax cuts may be affordable "in a year or two's time, depending on forecasts of revenue."; if so, what action will she take as Prime Minister to ensure New Zealanders can benefit from tax cuts?

4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Maori Affairs: I tukuna ki whea o nga kaupapa a-mahi o naianei te rua tekau ma toru miriona, iwa rau mano taara o te Putea, a, he aha i kore ai i whakapauhia ketia ki nga kaupapa a-mahi i whakaritehia i te tuatahi?
Translation: From which existing programmes was the $23.9 million reallocated in the Budget and why was this money not expended on the programmes for which it was originally allocated?

5. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What stage have Crown negotiations over Tainui claims to the Waikato River reached?

6. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to assist exporters enter key overseas markets?

7. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, in relation to the proposed new tax on overseas investment, that "GPG is not registered in New Zealand, it's registered in the United Kingdom and its call for a special exemption makes no sense in terms of tax policy or fairness"; if not, why not?

8. GORDON COPELAND to the Prime Minister: Does she consider that the State Services Commissioner, Dr Mark Prebble, was right when he stated, in relation to his investigation into the leak of a Cabinet paper to Telecom, "I consider that Telecom is not to blame for its receipt of the document."?

9. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister of Commerce: Will she act upon suggestions from the business community to the Quality Regulation Taskforce, in light of the fact that the Small Business Advisory Group scored the Minister an average rating of only 5.3 out of 10 for the implementation of its recommendations to reduce regulation?

10. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that the additional $1.5 billion being allocated to new roading projects will be justified by growth in traffic volumes, given Transit's figures showing a significant decrease in traffic on three Auckland motorways and the five percent increase in bus patronage reported by Stagecoach?

11. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is he satisfied with the performance of helplines funded through the Ministry of Social Development and Employment?

12. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Commerce: What are the key features of the quality regulation review announced yesterday and what has been the response?


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