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Questions For Oral Answer - 13 February 2008

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Questions to Ministers

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports suggesting that he abandon his four tests for tax cuts?

2. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her reported statement in early 2000 that she was ashamed of the number of people leaving New Zealand to live in Australia?

3. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with chapter 13, dumped from the State of the Environment report, that “significant intensification of land use, particularly pastoral land use” is “arguably the largest pressure today on New Zealand’s land, freshwaters and coastal oceans, and atmosphere”; if not, what does he believe is the largest pressure on New Zealand’s land, freshwaters and coastal oceans, and atmosphere?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Why does the Government now consider the Waterview Connection to be a potential candidate for a public private partnership?

5. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received about the level of unemployment in New Zealand?

6. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Energy: Can he guarantee there will be no power cuts this coming winter?

7. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Immigration: What were the findings of the Immigration Service’s 2004 investigation into Somalian refugee Asha Ali Abdille?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: How many patients have died while on the waiting list for heart surgery at Wellington Hospital in the past three years?

9. Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister for the Environment: What financial commitment will the Government make to local and regional authorities to clean up sites contaminated by asbestos, including the site of the former freezing works and hospital in Patea?

10. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Does she agree with the former Minister of Police, Hon George Hawkins, that the recent violence in his electorate is the worst in 25 years; if not, why not?

11. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister of Housing: What action is the Government taking to make housing more affordable?

12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Building and Construction: Who does he hold responsible for the current problems in the building consent process that, according to the Prime Minister yesterday, are “adding unreasonably to the costs of building a house”?


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