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Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 27 July 2006

Questions for Oral Answer As At Thursday, 27 July 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: What did the Associate Minister's office decide at the meeting with Taito Phillip Field on 17 May 2005 with respect to the issuing of work permits for Mr Sunan Siriwan and his partner Ms Phanngarm?

2. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for Food Safety: Is she concerned that public health researchers estimate that contaminated chicken is likely to be causing at least fifty thousand cases of campylobacter infection each year and more than 400 hospitalisations; if so, does she support their call to immediately switch to frozen poultry and seriously consider banning the sale of fresh chicken for human consumption?

3. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Immigration: Why did the former Minister of Immigration visit the house of Taito Phillip Field in Samoa on 18 March 2005?

4. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Maori Affairs: He aha i noho ai ko te tautoko i te korerotanga o te reo Maori, he kaupapa nui hei whai ma te Kawanatanga?
Translation: Why has supporting spoken Maori become a major focus for the Government?

5. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have confidence that Ministerial discretion was exercised appropriately in the case of Mr Sunan Siriwan?

6. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: He aha nga whakanekenekehanga a te Kawanatanga i na noa nei hei whakatutuki i nga kereme raupatu a Taranaki?
Translation: What recent advances has the Government made towards settling historical Treaty of Waitangi grievances in Taranaki?

7. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government have in mind a range of expenditure it is prepared to commit towards business and personal tax cuts in 2008/09 and in the following three years; if so, what is this range?

8. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Justice: What is the latest estimate of costs to the Legal Services Agency, Crown Law Office, and the Ministry of Justice relating to the Ahmed Zaoui case?

9. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Revenue: Does the Inland Revenue Department investigate reports of tax evasion or tax avoidance that are reported in the media?

10. SUE MORONEY to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What steps is the Government taking to improve capability and skills for communities to use information and communications technology?

11. JOHN CARTER to the Minister of Local Government: Will he support and co-operate with the Local Government New Zealand investigation into the extent of costs imposed on local councils by Government legislation?

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

ENDS

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