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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday 26 July 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Wednesday, 26 July 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: What steps has she taken to satisfy herself about the actions of members of her Executive named in the Ingram report?

2. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What reports, if any, has he received on the Government's industry training programmes?

3. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the comment he made last December when announcing the business tax review that "we envisage some very bold measures emerging. It will not be a matter of tinkering with the tax rules"; if so, can he confirm that the measures released in the review are in fact "very bold" and not at all a matter of tinkering?

4. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Revenue: What are the potential revenue implications of the business tax review?

5. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Can he confirm that Thai overstayer, Mr Sunan Siriwan, was not only declined refugee status on 19 February 2002 but was declined a work permit by the Associate Minister's office on 21 October 2004 and again on 15 March 2005; if so, why?

6. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Justice: What reports has he received on the different versions and interpretations contained in documents, publications, and other information campaigns which have attempted to define the "principles of the Treaty of Waitangi", and can he advise the House what the Government's definition of the "principles of the Treaty of Waitangi" is?

7. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Labour: Has the Department of Labour undertaken a full review of the Ingram report to determine if it should investigate whether or not Taito Phillip Field has breached New Zealand employment laws; if not, why not?

8. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Trade: What is the Government's position, if any, on importing minerals from Non-Self-Governing Territories where these minerals have been taken without regard to the wishes and interests of the people in those territories?

9. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the decision of the three Auckland regional district health boards to enter into a new contract for community laboratory services and what assurance can he give as to the future quality and continuity of those services in the region?

10. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Corrections: He aha ta te Minita whakautu ki nga kitenga i panuitia i te Reo Irirangi o Watea i tenei wiki, e kii ana, ko te roopu Te Ihi Tu o Taranaki, ara, he roopu e whai ana i nga tikanga me nga matapono Maori, kua eke ki te whitu tekau ma toru o-rau tona angitu, hei karo i te hokinga tuarua, tuatoru, tuangahuru, aha ranei mo te hunga haratu whakawarawara?
Translation: What response will he make to the findings, reported on radio Waatea this week, that Taranaki-based Te Ihi Tu Trust, which operates under tikanga Maori principles, is achieving a 73 percent success rate in its programme to prevent violent prisoners from re-offending?

11. KATE WILKINSON to the Minister of Justice: Does he have confidence that making legal aid available to an additional 435,000 New Zealanders will result in speedy and inexpensive access to justice; if so, why?

12. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure information and communications technology is part of the learning environment in schools?


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