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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Questions to Ministers

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that “I would have thought in election year as usual Government departments would bend over backwards to make sure that nothing they did could possibly be construed as electioneering.” and what advice, if any, has she received about the effect of the Electoral Finance Bill on election-year advertising by Government departments?

2. MARTIN GALLAGHER to the Minister of Police: What progress can she report on meeting the current police recruitment target of 1,000 extra sworn police by 30 June 2009?

3. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Finance?

4. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the advice he has received from Treasury over the past four years on emerging risks to New Zealand’s economy, and in any economic modelling underpinning that advice; if so, why?

5. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that the definition of an election advertisement should include any form of words or graphics that can reasonably be regarded as encouraging or persuading voters to vote, or not to vote, for a type of party or for a type of candidate that is described or indicated by reference to views, positions or policies that are or are not held, taken or pursued; if so, why?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Why has there been an “unprecedented drop” in demand for acute surgery at Canterbury District Health Board?

7. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What Government initiatives are helping our young people to become better skilled and better placed to participate in our thriving economy?

8. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Education: What specific procedure does his Ministry follow when approached by a Board of Trustees with sexual abuse allegations against a school principal?

9. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to implement its sustainability programme?

10. Hon DAVID CARTER to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he still expect 550 paying attendees at the Primary Industries 2020 Summit as he stated in September 2007; if not, why not?

11. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in the Police’s ability to act against illegal activity?

12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he have confidence that no New Zealand Immigration Service staff have been involved in the alleged cash-for-jobs scam claimed to involve hundreds of students, as well as employers and immigration staff?


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