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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 25 July 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Tuesday, 25 July 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Was Dr Ingram able to interview all the Thai nationals who allegedly worked on properties owned by Taito Phillip Field in return for immigration assistance; if not, can she assure the House that she has taken every step open to her to ascertain whether any serious impropriety occurred involving a member of her Executive?

2. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What recent reports, if any, has he received on mainstreaming in New Zealand schools?

3. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs; if so, why?

4. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does his department provide him with all relevant information prior to his making decisions and giving directions with regard to issuing visas as exceptions to policy?

5. PITA PARAONE to the Minister of Justice: Has he received any advice on the removal of references to the "principles of the Treaty of Waitangi" from legislation and the impact this may have on the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to New Zealand?

6. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does he stand by his actions in interrupting Senator John McCain during media questions at last week's meeting, and his subsequent description of media coverage as "a tissue of lies"?

7. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on support for the Government's work to lower the cost of doctors' visits and prescription drugs for all New Zealanders?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Is he concerned about the Government's ability to meet New Zealanders' need for elective surgery; if not, why not?

9. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Energy: Does he agree with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that small consumers and providers of demand-side energy management solutions are not adequately represented on the Electricity Commission's advisory groups, and that the introduction of smart meters should be accelerated to give consumers more control over electricity costs; if so, what action is he planning to take?

10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy: Has he received any reports, that the price of electricity is the thing most worrying Grey Power members throughout the country, as stated by the national president of Grey Power, Graham Stairmand?

11. JILL PETTIS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What recent reports, if any, has he received recommending changes to the current welfare system?

12. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Labour: Has she received any reports that the minimum wage legislation may not have been fully complied with in the activities covered by the Ingram Report?


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