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Questions For Oral Answer - 31 August 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 31 August 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne in 1999 that her Government would “restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral process”?

2. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made in work to improve the oral health of New Zealanders?

3. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Is it correct that the manager of the Apia branch of the New Zealand Immigration Service, Mr James Dalmer, contacted the Immigration Intelligence Unit with information about Thai nationals’ involvement with Taito Phillip Field; if so, on how many occasions did that happen?

4. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Is she confident that purchase decisions made by her officials in relation to the VIP Transport Service Fleet are consistent with the Govt3 programme?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Did the Chief Electoral Officer write to New Zealand Labour Party General Secretary Mike Smith on 2 September 2005 warning him that in his view the costs of the Labour Party pledge card were election expenses under the Electoral Act 1993?

6. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received on progress towards addressing skill shortages in the labour force?

7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Can he confirm that the agreement between the Department of Corrections and Chubb New Zealand Limited for the provision of prisoner escort services includes a service delivery component that “Unless otherwise agreed with the Department of Corrections” prisoners under the age of 20 “must be kept separate from all other Prisoners”, and how does he reconcile this with his statement that “the law states that when outside a prison, prisoners under 18 years of age must be kept apart from adult prisoners where practicable”?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What evidence is there that the Government’s proposed community-based clinics will improve access for at-risk children?

9. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Health: Does he believe the decision not to test Zimbabweans for HIV before entering New Zealand, despite Zimbabwe’s high HIV rate, was in New Zealand’s best interests, and if not, does he stand by his reported comments that criticism about the decision was “probably fair”?

10. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Health: What representations, if any, has he received from the Chair of the Whanganui District Health Board regarding recent public concerns over health services in the Wanganui area and when did he receive these representations?

11. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Commerce: What steps has she taken to enhance confidence in New Zealand’s financial institutions and promote business innovation?

12. PAULA BENNETT to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: What recent reports, if any, has she received regarding relationships between the community and voluntary sector and the Government?


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