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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 14 November 2

Paraphrased answers to today's questions will be posted to the Scoops wire shortly after 3pm.


Tuesday, 14 November 2000

Questions to Ministers

1. MARK PECK to the Minister of Revenue: What is the Government proposing to clarify the tax treatment of research and development?

2. Rt Hon WYATT CREECH to the Minister of Health: Was the Associate Minister of Health, Hon Tariana Turia, included in discussions to remove references to mana whenua from the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Bill?

3. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for Biosecurity: How many of the breaches of our borders by alien species such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, varroa bee mite, Argentine ants, painted apple moth and guava moth are the result of our biosecurity measures not keeping pace with the substantial increase over the last four years in the importation of consumer goods and second-hand cars?

4. PENNY WEBSTER to the Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Auckland Issues: In light of the results of the survey commissioned by the Automobile Association that show that 83% of Aucklanders support the completion of the Auckland transport network, what steps will she be recommending the Prime Minister take to ensure that the transport network is completed?

5. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What is the Government doing to promote greater accountability from tertiary education institutions?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What process was used to select the independent reviewer of the People's Bank proposal?

7. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Agriculture: What response has there been to MAF Policy's call for applications for the Sustainable Farming Fund?

8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Has he received any reports on spending by State-owned enterprises?

9. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Information Technology: What steps has the Government taken to encourage small businesses to become e-commerce capable?

10. JOHN CARTER to the Minister for Accident Insurance: Is he concerned that an apparent lack of adequate protocols for transition from the Northland Emergency Services Trust to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust as the contracted ACC emergency services provider could endanger lives in Northland?

11. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Does he accept that official Department of Work and Income statistics are accurate in recording that the number of job seekers registered unemployed over one year in Palmerston North has risen over 22% since November last year, to 2,171 at the end of August 2000; if so, what assurances can he give that long term registered unemployment will not deteriorate further?

12. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Health: What is the total value of the Health Funding Authority service contract with Good Health Wanganui for the current year?


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