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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 20 July 2006

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Thursday, 20 July 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to put quality early childhood education within the reach of all New Zealand families?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why?

3. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: E whakapona ana ia ki ta te Kaiwhakahaere Matua o te Taura Whiri i te Reo a Haami Piripi i ki ra, "kare te Tahuhu o te Matauranga i te whakamanako i Te Reo Maori, a, kare hoki i te whakauru ahuatanga Maori ki roto i nga hotaka ako o nga kura", koina te kaha aro pono mai o taua tari ki Te Reo Maori, ae ranei, kare ranei; ki te kore he aha ai?
Translation: Does he believe that, "the Ministry of Education does not give te reo Maori the acknowledgement that it should and is failing to push Maori in school work programmes", as stated by Maori Language Commission Chief Executive, Haami Piripi, is a true reflection of his Ministry's commitment to te reo; if not, why?

4. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does the Ingram Report exonerate and vindicate Taito Phillip Field of any wrongdoing?

5. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of State Services: Does the Government still aim to introduce legislation to the House this month to set up an Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency; if not, why not?

6. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Trade: Is he confident that the current visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the United States will have a positive effect on the effort to get a New Zealand-United States free trade agreement; if not, why not?

7. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he believe that high value, high-tech products developed from a huge stable commodity base provide more certainty for increased exports than new unproven enterprises?

8. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: What accountability, if any, does he accept for decisions made when ministerial discretion is being exercised in giving directions to the New Zealand Immigration Service on cases that are exceptions to policy?

9. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Health: What work is being done to improve the oral health of New Zealanders?

10. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Is she satisfied that police effectively prioritise their time and resources; if so, why?

11. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister of Civil Defence: Was he satisfied with the response of regional Civil Defence and Emergency Management personnel in the Wairarapa and Wanganui regions in the last two weeks; if so, why?

12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree that there has been a "loss of confidence" in the Government's 2002 New Zealand Waste Strategy because key elements have not been implemented, as reported by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment?

ENDS

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