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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 6 March 2008

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 6 March 2008

Questions to Ministers

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: What are the main features of the Crown Financial Statements to the end of January 2008 released today?

2. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Would it be appropriate for a district health board chief executive to send a copy of draft tender documents to one potential bidder for comment and amendment without treating other potential bidders in the same way; if not, why not?

3. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Finance: Is the Government considering an application by Nutritek Overseas PTE Limited for consent to acquire shares and the effective ownership and control of New Zealand Dairies Limited?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that the electoral law should allow public money from Vote Parliamentary Service to be used to produce and publish election advertisements; if so, why?

5. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What action, if any, is the Government taking to reduce reoffending of young people dealt with by the Youth Court?

6. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Did the chief executive of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board comply with both the district health board’s procurement policies and public sector good practice when he awarded a $1.1 million contract to a subsidiary of Peter Hausmann’s Health Care New Zealand without an open tender; if not, does he agree with Audit New Zealand’s conclusions about this arrangement?

7. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Trade: Will an outline of the proposed free trade agreement between New Zealand and China be made public before the signing ceremony takes place in Beijing in early April; if so, when will that outline be made available?

8. Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN to the Minister of Health: Why would the public have any confidence that hospitals in the Auckland region will cope with demand for services this winter considering they are currently running at capacity?

9. LOUISA WALL to the Minister for Courts: What are the benefits of installing digital recording and transcription in High Court courtrooms?

10. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement in the House that “One student not enrolled in school is one too many.”; if so, why?

11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Statistics: Has he received any reports about the number of newborn babies in New Zealand?

12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Building and Construction: Does he stand by his statement in the House on 6 November 2007 that the building consent process is “going swimmingly well”?


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