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Questions for Oral Answer - 24 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister with responsibility for Auckland Issues: What input, if any, did she have into the Budget and what, if any, were her achievements?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What specific circumstances led the Cabinet Office to issue Circular CO(02)14 Guidance for Dealing with Information Relating to Publicly Listed Companies?

3. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports, if any, has he received outlining an alternative fiscal approach?

4. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Do the Crown negotiations with Tainui over the Waikato River cover the area from Huka Falls to the mouth at Port Waikato, including its waters, banks and beds (and all minerals under them), its streams, tributaries, lakes aquatic fisheries, vegetation and flood plains as well as its "metaphysical being", as defined by Tainui?

5. JUDY TURNER to the Minister of Health: How has he responded to claims by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation that new funding to the aged care sector, even if entirely spent on remuneration, will amount to a wage increase for caregivers of only 51 cents an hour on top of the present average rate of $10.85?

6. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does the Fiscal Strategy Report released last week accurately report the Government's fiscal intentions?

7. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has he received on the provision of new schools to meet the needs of growth in the Auckland region?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Is it Government policy that all contracted health providers should meet minimum requirements for Maori health based on the Treaty of Waitangi; if so, what are those minimum requirements?

9. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of State Services: Is she confident that the State Services Commissioner, Dr Mark Prebble, was correct when he stated, in relation to his investigation into the leak of a Cabinet paper to Telecom, "I consider that neither the Telecom employee nor Telecom has any fault in the acquisition of the document."?

10. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why?

11. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Labour: What reports, if any, has she received on the uptake of paid parental leave?

12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: Why was the deadline for the inquiry into alleged conflicts of interest involving Taito Phillip Field set for 13 days, and what changed to allow this inquiry to take over eight months with no confirmed date for reporting back?


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