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Questions for Oral Answer - 25 May 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Thursday, 25 May 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister for Economic Development: What steps is the Government taking to promote investment in the venture capital market in New Zealand?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Communications: Did he or his office ask Vodafone to send him a letter of apology dated Tuesday 23 May; if so, why?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Finance: What analysis was undertaken and by whom, in terms of the New Zealand Transport Strategy, before he announced that an extra $1.5 billion would be allocated largely to roading infrastructure?

4. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he stand by his statement to the House on Tuesday that "The services provided by the 211 helpline are fundamentally quite different from the citizens advice bureau advice."?

5. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister for Biosecurity: Are there any written guidelines for biosecurity inspectors upon finding contamination within a sea container; if not, why not?

6. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have confidence in the decision making of Immigration New Zealand offices around the world; if so, why?

7. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure New Zealand children get the best educational start possible?

8. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he stand by his statement yesterday, following the release of the Auditor-General's report on high-risk sea containers, that he "was pleased the report did not identify any critical biosecurity risk issues in the importation of sea containers."?

9. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What has the Government done to support New Zealand music?

10. Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Maori Affairs: Was he satisfied with the performance of Te Puni Kokiri at the Maori Affairs Committee yesterday?

11. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister of Maori Affairs: He aha a ia i kore ai e tuku tono pera i ta tetahi nupepa i ki, mo tetahi putea kia pakari ai te Ao Maori, a, ka taea e ia te whakamarama ki tenei whare, te take ko tenei te tau tuarau kaore i kapohia e ia he rawa hou hei putea mo tona tari?
Translation: Why did he reportedly not submit a budget bid to strengthen the position of Maori, and what explanation can he give the House that this is the second consecutive year that his department has not received any new funding?

12. NATHAN GUY to the Minister of Transport: When does she envisage the first bulldozer will appear working on the designated route for Transmission Gully?


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