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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 14 Sep 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 14 September 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. RON MARK to the Minister of Defence: Is he confident that the purchasing of 105 Light Armoured Vehicles has resulted in value for money for New Zealand’s defence needs?

3. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement on Tuesday 12 September that he has reviewed the immigration matters covered in the Ingram report?

4. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Trade: What evidence, if any, has he received with respect to the concept of food miles, that suggests the further food has to travel to the market the worse its impact on the environment?

5. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy: Did the Government promise Roy Hemmingway that the Electricity Commission would be independent of the Government; if so, why has this, in Mr Hemmingway’s words “not turned out to be true”?

6. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister of Conservation: What initiative is the Government taking to protect whales and dolphins in the South Pacific Ocean?

7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if not, why not?

8. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm the Johnsonville railway corridor, including the lines, signalling and the overhead systems, is owned by ONTRACK on behalf of the Crown, and that neither the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington City Council nor the Bus and Coach Association has had any discussions with ONTRACK about the line’s future, notwithstanding the fact that the joint councils’ Northern Wellington Public Transport Study considering the future of the line is in its second stage?

9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Health: What progress has been made on the Social Security (Long-term Residential Care) Amendment Bill?

10. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Communications: What has the Government done to improve New Zealanders’ access to internet services?

11. KATE WILKINSON to the Minister for Courts: Does he still stand by his statement in the House on 7 September disagreeing that justice delayed is justice denied; if not, why not?

12. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: What advice has he got for doctors at Waitemata District Health Board, when they are forced to explain to patients that they are one of the 800 to be culled from waiting lists to avoid a $3 million penalty, the result of his Ministry’s requirements?

Questions to Members

1. PHIL HEATLEY to the Member in charge of the Residential Tenancies (Damage Insurance) Amendment Bill: Has she received any advice since introducing the Residential Tenancies (Damage Insurance) Amendment Bill that the proposed legislation would have a number of negative unintended consequences; if so, what are these negative consequences?


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