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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 29 May 2008

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 29 May 2008

Questions to Ministers

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Does she still aspire for New Zealand to be carbon neutral and "the first nation to be truly sustainable", as she said in her Statement to the House in February last year?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy that publicity may count as an election advertisement if it refers to views, positions, or policies that are or are not held, taken, or pursued, whether or not the name of a political party is stated; if so, why?

3. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What reports has he received on new initiatives for digital development?

4. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday that "there have been no substantiated cases of corruption in the Immigration Service since 2002-03"?

5. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he consider the publication How to make a submission in support of Project Mill Creek, a brochure prepared by Meridian Energy advising people how to make submissions supporting its plans for a wind farm in Ohariu Valley, to be appropriate behaviour by a State-owned enterprise; if so, why?

6. PHIL HEATLEY to the Minister of Housing: Where were the Housing New Zealand Corporation conference venues each year between 2000 and 2008, excluding the conferences at the Hotel and Spa du Vin in 2003 and at the luxury Tongariro Lodge earlier this month?

7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Energy: What assistance has the Government provided to marine energy projects in New Zealand?

8. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Has he been informed that "Auckland's public hospitals are so full they could struggle to deal with a major emergency.", and what action will the Government be taking, if any?

9. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: What is the Government doing to honour its commitments through the Memorandum of Understanding to Viet Nam veterans?

10. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Is he satisfied with the effectiveness of non-custodial alternatives to prison; if so, why?

11. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Fisheries: Is he satisfied that the fishing industry is taking all opportunities available under New Zealand's trade agreement with China?

12. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Was the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment correct yesterday when, in relation to doctor-bullying, he said "We have been having conversations, obviously, with general practitioners"; if so, over what period of time did the conversations take place?


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