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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 Dec 07

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Questions to Ministers

1. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the number of New Zealanders receiving an unemployment benefit?

2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statements, in relation to the New Zealand Herald’s coverage of the Electoral Finance Bill, that “There have been weeks, if not months, with full-blooded attacks, front-page headlines, editorials, attack stories, cartoons, you name it.”, and that complaining to the Press Council “just doesn’t get you anywhere”; if so, why?

3. Dr PITA SHARPLES to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Is he satisfied that New Zealand universities are fulfilling their equity obligations under the Tertiary Education Strategy; if so, what response does he have to the situation at Auckland University which one newspaper today summarised as “Fears held for poor, Maori and Pacific Islanders”?

4. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister for the Environment; if so, why?

5. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Corrections: What reports has he received on prison numbers?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her assurance that before the Electoral Finance Bill is passed she will give the House an interpretation of clause 80(d), so that members know how to comply with the law; if so, when will she be giving this interpretation?

7. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Has he been advised of any deaths of patients from other district health boards requiring tertiary surgery at Capital and Coast District Health Board; if so, on what date was he advised?

8. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why?

9. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Transport: How does the Government expect to meet a road safety target of no more than 200 fatalities a year by 2040 while simultaneously allowing bigger trucks on our roads, given that deaths from crashes involving trucks make up around 20 percent of the total road toll, even though only 6 percent of the total distance travelled on New Zealand roads is travelled by trucks?

10. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister of Education: What is the Ministry of Education’s most recent estimate of the number of primary, intermediate, and secondary school aged children under the age of 16 who are not enrolled in any school?

11. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Conservation: What reports has she received about businesses and tourism operators supporting conservation?

12. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Education: Does the Ministry of Education intend to cut free bus services to the rural Maramarua School; if so, why?

Questions to Members

1. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee: Has the committee concluded its consideration of the 2006/07 financial review of the Ministry for the Environment; if not, why not?


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