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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that a newspaper editorial which, in an election year, encourages voters to vote, or not to vote, for a political party should be considered an election advertisement; if not, why not?

2. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any recent reports highlighting the need for the KiwiSaver scheme?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he still stand by his statement “If, as some have suggested, New Zealanders are fleeing as tax exiles to Australia, one can only conclude that those individuals are functionally innumerate, and we are probably better off without them.”; if not, why not?

4. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Labour: What steps is the Government taking, if any, to review and strengthen legislation around the employment of children in New Zealand?

5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Justice: What reduction in remand numbers was projected from recent changes to bail laws “designed to assist the remand population by ensuring that the focus is on community safety when custodial remand decisions are made”?

6. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Forestry: What reports has he received on the progress of the East Coast Forestry Project?

7. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of State Services: Does he have confidence in the State Services Commissioner’s ability to maintain a politically neutral Public Service; if so, why?

8. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What reports has he received of scientific breakthrough led by New Zealand researchers?

9. RON MARK to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that one would be “dreaming” to say that outlawing gangs would minimise their impact on the community, and what progress can she report on proposed amendments to section 98A of the Crimes Act 1961 and to the Sentencing Act 2002 with respect to organised crime?

10. CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement, in regard to whether KiwiSaver publicity would count as an election advertisement under the Electoral Finance Bill, that “The member clearly knows that it would not count as it is talking about the Government. It is not telling people to vote for Labour or for National.”; if so, why?

11. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Education: How are early childhood education centres assisting parents to raise their children?

12. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Education: On what date did the Ministry of Education first become aware of serious allegations of sexual abuse against the principal of Hato Paora College?


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