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Questions For Oral Answer - Wed 5 December 2007

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he accept the assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that “If warming is not kept below two degrees centigrade … substantial global impacts will occur, such as species extinctions, and millions of people at risk from drought, hunger, flooding.”; if so, will he be advocating at Bali for a global agreement that this two degree limit should not be exceeded?

2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement yesterday, when asked how she expects well-intentioned, honest, ordinary New Zealanders to understand the Electoral Finance Bill, that “One expects people to read it carefully and to consult lawyers”; if so, why?

3. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Economic Development: Has he received any reports on plans to transform New Zealand’s economy?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statements last night, in relation to the interpretation of clause 80(d) of the Electoral Finance Bill, that “We are not going to put it in law; the commission has asked for an interpretation.” and “I am prepared to say that my interpretation could be wrong.”; if so, why?

5. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Broadcasting: He aha nga nekehanga whakamua kua oti i te whakatunga o te Mangai Whakatakoto Hotaka Maori, na Te Reo Tataki o Aotearoa i panui i nga marama e toru ki muri, hei wahanga o ta ratau kapa arahitanga whanui ake, a, i runga pea i te whakaaro, ka mana ta ratau kawenata kia tino whai reo a ngai Maori i roto i nga mahi whakatakoto hotaka, whakatakoto mahere hoki?

- Translation: What progress has been made in appointing the Maori Programming Commissioner, which Television New Zealand announced three months ago as part of their broader leadership team and which presumably was intended to fulfil their charter obligations to ensure Maori participation in programmes and planning?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Who is accountable for the performance of the Capital and Coast District Health Board?

7. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: Has he received any recent reports on subsidised medical prescriptions?

8. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all the responses given on behalf of the Minister of State Services by Hon Trevor Mallard to oral question No. 6 on 22 November 2007; if not, why not?

9. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Statistics: What statistics has he received regarding the contribution to New Zealand made by volunteers?

10. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Minister of Transport: Does she have confidence in the board of Land Transport New Zealand?

11. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Finance: Under what circumstances would the Government fully or partly renationalise the operation of the trains run by Toll Holdings?

12. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Police: Does she have confidence in police management; if so, why?

Questions to Members

1. SIMON POWER to the Chairperson of the Law and Order Committee: When does the committee expect to report on the 2006/07 financial review of the Department of Corrections?

2. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee: What progress has been made on the Inquiry into the future monetary policy framework?

3. Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Chairperson of the Health Committee: Has the committee been briefed by the Capital and Coast District Health Board on what steps it is taking with regard to child cancer services in Wellington; if so, when is the committee expected to report to the House?

4. PHIL HEATLEY to the Chairperson of the Commerce Committee: What progress has been made on the committee’s Inquiry into housing affordability in New Zealand?


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