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Questions For Oral Answer - 11 October 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Has she, her Ministers or any member of her ministerial staff met with the Controller and Auditor-General in relation to his inquiry into election advertising; if so, what was the purpose of those meetings?

2. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: What advice has he received on fiscal policy?

3. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: How large was the Government’s operating surplus in the 2005/06 financial year?

4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does she agree with the New Zealand Shipping Federation’s September 2006 report, Roadways to Waterways, that “Coastal shipping is the most fuel-efficient mode of freight transport, covering almost four times the distance covered by trucks per cargo ton for the equivalent amount of fuel.”; and what action, if any, will she be taking in response to this report?

5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: By how much money has the Health budget increased since the year 2000, and how many more individuals got elective surgery annually in 2005/06 compared to 2000/01?

6. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: What is his response to the New Zealand Medical Association’s call for the Government to put an immediate moratorium on the implementation of changes to laboratory services while a national plan is developed and an independent ministerial review is done of all district health board decisions to date?

7. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Can he confirm that from 1 January 2003 to 21 September 2006, Taito Phillip Field made 481 representations to either the Minister of Immigration or the Associate Minister of Immigration, including over 40 after the Ingram Inquiry was established?

8. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister of Education: What reports, if any, has he received on the model for funding of independent schools in New Zealand?

9. CHRIS TREMAIN to the Minister for Economic Development: When will he announce details of the “New Zealand Inc” campaign that will run in parallel to the “Buy Kiwi Made” campaign, and how much will it cost?

10. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister for Land Information: Why did the Government commission the Donn Armstrong report on the Land Tenure Review, and what is the total cost of the report so far?

11. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: Has he received any reports on the benefits of breast feeding?

12. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Is he satisfied with the administration of the Marsden Fund; if not, why not?


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