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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 5 September 2006

Questions To Ministers

1. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on mechanisms to support savings?

2. Dr DON BRASH 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”?

3. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: What decisions have been taken recently to further the Government’s aim to provide a world-class transport network, which moves people and goods safely, sustainably and efficiently, as a centrepiece of its drive to transform the New Zealand economy?

4. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does the Immigration Intelligence Unit contribute information to ministerial briefings on immigration cases when the Minister is considering whether to issue a special direction?

5. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Prime Minister: What did she mean by her comments yesterday “There can be no money sought, [or] offered, for giving a service to a member of the public”?

6. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Justice: Has he seen the file note dated 30 August 2005 of a phone conversation at 9 am between David Henry, then Chief Electoral Officer, and Mike Smith, General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party; if so, what was the advice Mr Henry passed on to Mr Smith about the Labour Party’s pledge card?

7. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Does he agree that the current approach to processes of iwi authenticity and mandate for the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement are robust; if so, how does he justify the statement of his Associate Minister in the House last week that he was unable to give an assurance regarding Ngati Rangiteaorere that iwi will not multi-vote, on the basis of whakapapa links to other iwi involved in the claim?

8. 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 procedure to “Assess prisoner needs on assuming custody based on advice from authority handing over (risk assessment form): … youths under 20 to be segregated”?

9. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Local Government: Has he received any reports on the response to the Government’s newly expanded rates rebate scheme?

10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What proportion of students leaving school in 2005 left without a qualification?

11. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Fisheries: What concerns, if any, does he have that, according to a 2006 NIWA report, the industry-proposed Benthic Protection Areas will provide less than a quarter of the protection for all marine species than would otherwise have been provided by an “equivalent area chosen solely for its biodiversity values”?

12. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Conservation: Is he satisfied with the Department of Conservation’s advocacy role in the land tenure review process; if so, why?


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