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Questions For Oral Answer - Wed, 10 October 2007

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Questions to Ministers

1. DIANNE YATES to the Minister of Defence: Has he received any reports on the war in Iraq?

2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that “If you look at some of the things we have done this term, it has taken a while to build up the kitty for a substantial tax package. It has taken a while to build up the kitty for Working for Families. It has taken time to work up the kitty for interest-free loans and the early childhood programme. So undoubtedly there will be areas we will build on for next time, which will be new.”; if so, why?

3. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Finance: What is the current value of State-owned assets in New Zealand, and what was the total value of revenue generated from those assets in the last financial year?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the cumulative total of any operating balance surpluses for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007?

5. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Local Government: What reports, if any, has he received on the uptake of the Rates Rebate scheme for the new financial year?

6. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statements that she had no plans to investigate matters Dr Ingram was unable to resolve because she did not consider further expenditure of public money was warranted?

7. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Will New Zealand be following the example of the European Union and the United States by imposing sanctions on either imports from Burma or investment in Burma, or freezing any assets of members of the Burmese regime held in New Zealand?

8. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Minister of Transport: Does she believe some new roads in New Zealand could be built as public-private partnerships; if so, when does she expect to see the first of these occur?

9. DARREN HUGHES to the Associate Minister of Health: What action is the Government taking to enhance health services in rural and provincial New Zealand?

10. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How many reports from the Combined Threat Assessment Group have been received by his office since his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and how have those reports been dealt with?

11. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Me pehea ra a ia e mohio mena ka taea e te kaupapa hou hoko whenua Karauna te tiaki nga panga Maori?

- Translation: How can he be sure that the new process for the sale of Crown land will protect Maori interests?

12. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by his statement regarding the regulated period contained in the Electoral Finance Bill that it “is longer than the Canadian but briefer than the United Kingdom’s, and it seemed an appropriate and reasonable period on balance.”; if so, why?

Questions to Members

1. CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON to the Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Committee: How many submitters were invited to give oral evidence to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Electoral Finance Bill on Monday 17 September 2007?


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