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Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that New Zealand “could aim to be carbon neutral”?

2. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: What reports, if any, has he received on the proposals for research and development tax credits included in the Business Tax Review?

3. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Will the Government’s energy strategy document adopt carbon neutrality as an attainable goal?

4. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Conservation: What steps is the Department of Conservation taking, if any, to support the task of “managing DoC areas in a way to offset the effects of climate change”, and of “doing something to mitigate the effects of climate change”, as stated by Alastair Morrison, Director-General of Conservation, on 16 November 2006?

5. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Biosecurity: Can he tell the House how much of the GE-contaminated sweet corn seed has been planted and in which districts?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How many patients have had their surgery deferred as a result of the current strike by laboratory workers, and how long will it take to clear the surgical backlog?

7. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister for Senior Citizens: Has the Government taken any steps recently towards meeting the goals of the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy?

8. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Education: What rights do parents have to information about their children’s schooling?

9. ANN HARTLEY to the Associate Minister of Health: What support has he seen for the Government’s anti-smoking initiatives?

10. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister for Biosecurity: Does he have confidence in Biosecurity New Zealand; if not, why not?

11. BARBARA STEWART to the Minister of Health: Can his ministry include Gardasil in the national immunisation programme earlier than 2008 given the Cancer Control Council’s opinion that the vaccine offers a unique window of opportunity to address inequalities around cancer; if not, why not?

12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: What information did the former Associate Minister of Immigration, Hon Damien O’Connor, possess about Taito Phillip Field’s involvement with failed refugee applicants prior to 17 June 2005?


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