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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006

Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 12 September 2006

Questions to Ministers

Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement regarding the Auditor-General’s draft report into election campaign advertising expenditure paid from parliamentary appropriations that “it’s all very well for the Auditor-General to make up rules after the event when parties have gone to the referee before they kicked the ball”; if so, what steps will her Government take once his final report is presented?

DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has he received on efforts to ensure students can learn the skills they need to become active participants in New Zealand’s democracy?

GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Police: Did the Police seek and receive a legal opinion or advice from the Crown Law Office in relation to the investigation into an alleged breach of the campaign spending cap in section 214B of the Electoral Act 1993 by the New Zealand Labour Party; if not, why not? Dr the Hon

LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Has he reviewed the immigration matters covered in the Ingram report?

BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Has he received any reports indicating that maternity services for rural women are at crisis point and urgent action is needed to improve the situation; if so, what action, if any, is he taking as the Minister responsible?

Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What effect is the radiographers’ strike having on elective surgery and emergency departments of public hospitals, and how many patients will be affected by this industrial action?

SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Finance: Has he been informed that thousands of New Zealanders have signed a petition to overturn the axing of the Overlander rail service; if so, is he prepared to offer any support to save the service?

Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: What proportion of school leavers leave school without achieving level 1 NCEA?

JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Defence: Has he received a report claiming that defence spending was reduced from 1.8 percent to 0.9 percent of GDP; if so, is the claim correct?

JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Revenue: Is he satisfied with the collection rate of child support from liable parents; if not, why not?

SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women's Affairs: What reports, if any, has she received encouraging women to enter non-traditional apprenticeships and trades? Dr

JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he have confidence in BreastScreen Aotearoa; if so, why?

Questions to Members

Hon PETER DUNNE to the Member in Charge of the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill: Will she consider proposing amendments to the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill to include a defence for parents acting to restrain their children; if so, what form will this amendment take?

ENDS

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