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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 7 Sep 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 7 September 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What prospect does he see, following this morning’s Business Climate Change Dialogue, for a cross-party agreement on addressing climate change, an agreement that would place a price on carbon to give investment certainty to business?

2. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Justice: Why did the Ministry of Justice commence work on the validation of alleged unlawful spending of parliamentary funds on election campaign advertising, and when did that work commence?

3. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What is the Government doing to support adult learners?

4. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: If, as he told the House yesterday with respect to Taito Philip Field’s involvement with Thai nationals in Samoa, “the information in question was not placed in the usual system that supported the Associate Minister’s decision making”, exactly how was the information used?

5. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: He aha te putake mo te whakauru mai i tetahi whakaaro hou e kia nei, ara, ko te “Rangatiratanga Karauna ki nga hau o-runga”, kei roto nei i Te Pire Whakataunga o nga Roto o Te Arawa e takoto ana? Translation: What is the rationale for introducing a new concept, called the “Crown Stratum”, as set out in the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Bill?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied with the health workforce; if not, why not?

7. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Trade: Has he received any response to his approach earlier this year to the Gulf Cooperation Council states to open negotiations for a free trade agreement?

8. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Labour: Does she have confidence in the way the Labour Department investigates issues related to the minimum wage; if so, why?

9. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has he received in regard to the future of New Zealand’s unemployment rate?

10. KATE WILKINSON to the Minister for Courts: Does he agree that justice delayed is justice denied; if not, why not?

11. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Has he received any reports indicating that the chlamydia epidemic may be much more widespread than previously estimated; if so, does he intend to increase surveillance on chlamydia?

12. JOHN KEY to the Minister with responsibility for Auckland Issues: Does she stand by her statement on the radio yesterday, regarding local government reform in Auckland, that “I don’t want to spend time on re-organisations. They take a huge amount of time.”; if so, why?


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