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Questions For Oral Answer - 6 December 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Immigration: Why is the Government proceeding with the decision to “collect and use limited biometric information”, namely fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition, from migrants and Kiwis returning home, when there has been no policy development to justify the need?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What commitments, if any, did he make to funding the waterfront stadium option prior to the Government’s announcement that it was considering such an option?

3. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure that schools have access to good assessment information on their students?

4. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree with Victoria University economics senior lecturer Dr Geoff Bertram that “New Zealand’s clean and green image is largely an illusion and our growing usage of fossil fuels is becoming problematic” and that “We’re going to be way, way up in our carbon dioxide emissions and our methane emissions relative to 1990 – we’re miles in breach of our Kyoto undertakings.”, as reported on National Radio this morning?

5. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What steps has the Government taken to further improve training and work opportunities for young people?

6. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Is he satisfied with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s annual report; if so, why?

7. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does she have any concerns about the security of Ministers’ computer systems; if not, why not?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What is the total amount of public money spent on implementing the Primary Health Care Strategy since it began?

9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Immigration: What security risk to New Zealand justifies the proposal in the immigration review document released yesterday to subject New Zealand citizens returning from overseas to intrusive fingerprinting and iris scanning?

10. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Ingram inquiry into matters relating to Taito Phillip Field?

11. JILL PETTIS to the Associate Minister of Health: What is the Government doing to support the rural midwifery workforce?

12. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Associate Minister of Health: What were the recommendations of the report into 12 problem-gambling providers under review by the Ministry of Health?

ENDS

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