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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 1 August 2006

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 1 August 2006
Questions to Ministers

1. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure all schools are providing students with the knowledge, values and competencies they need to succeed in a 21st century economy?

2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have any plans to further investigate the matters that Dr Noel Ingram QC was unable to resolve in his report; if not, why not?

3. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Associate Minister of Education: Will students, who do not identify as Maori, have an opportunity to experience a curriculum that reflects and value te ao Maori; if so, how will this be done?

4. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have confidence that ministerial discretion was exercised properly in the cases of Ms Ngaosri, Mr Nakhen and Mr Kaewbabpha?

5. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Defence: What new capabilities will the NH-90 helicopters, which the Government signed a contract to purchase yesterday, bring to the New Zealand Defence Force?

6. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: What procedures, if any, are in place to check, following the issuing of ministerial special directions for work permits, that recipients of those permits are not exploited by employers?

7. JUDY TURNER to the Minister of Housing: Is he concerned about the significant reduction in New Zealand's home ownership rates, reported in a recent survey?

8. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What is his response to the recent report identifying "the 25 top-performing high schools" in the Auckland region, and has he received any communications from parents about the usefulness of the report?

9. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What reports, if any, has he received on possible changes to qualification criteria for New Zealand citizenship?

10. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What reports, if any, has he received on the impact on patients of being removed from waiting lists for elective surgery or specialist appointments without having been treated or seen by a specialist?

11. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Fisheries: Has he been advised of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan's 2006 report The Impacts of Fishing on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems; if so, what action is he taking, if any, in response to the call that States urgently consider the interim prohibition of destructive fishing practices, including bottom trawling, in international waters?

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

Questions to Members

1. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Darien Fenton (Member in Charge of the Minimum Wage and Remuneration Amendment Bill): What advice, if any, did she obtain in drafting her Minimum Wage and Remuneration Amendment Bill on the number of independent contractors who could be potentially affected by the bill?

2. Dr RICHARD WORTH to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: What further evidence, if any, has she requested before the committee completes its Inquiry into the 2005 General Election?

ENDS

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