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Questions For Oral Answer - 10 September 2002

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Tuesday, 10 September 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for Biosecurity: On what specific grounds did the Government choose an approach different from the plan (so-called Option 5) developed by the Painted Apple Moth Community Advisory Group, and supported by the Waitakere City Council, for the eradication of the painted apple moth in West Auckland?

2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Has she any plans to extend the countries from which New Zealand currently draws annual immigration quotas; if so, why did she not reveal those plans during the last election campaign?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she agree with President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair when they say that Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime poses a real and a unique threat to the security of the region and the rest of the world; if not, why not?

4. GRAHAM KELLY to the Prime Minister: What is the Government's position with respect to armed intervention in Iraq?

5. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: Following reports from financial market commentators such as UBS-Warburg and ASB Bank that instructing the new Governor of the Reserve Bank to aim at a somewhat higher inflation rate would be likely to lead to increased interest rates, does he think that higher inflation, and the resulting higher interest rates, would help either New Zealand households or the New Zealand economy; if so, why?

6. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What were the main topics for discussion at the APEC Finance Ministers Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico?

7. Dr DON BRASH to the Minister of Finance: Is it the Government's position that it will not express any view on future ownership of Air New Zealand until it receives a proposition from the board and management of Air New Zealand; if not, why not?

8. MARK PECK to the Minister for Small Business: What progress is being made to help small businesses meet their tax obligations?

9. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister for Senior Citizens: What monitoring and improvement of elder abuse services, if any, has occurred in the last three years, as indicated in 1999's Speech from the Throne?

10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Health: To what extent is the Government funding cancer awareness programmes and screening for women, and at what cost?

11. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Prime Minister: Would she support military intervention by our traditional allies against Saddam Hussein's regime, with or without a specific United Nations resolution, if conclusive evidence is presented showing that regime's support for al Qaeda and international terrorism?

12. Dr BERNIE OGILVY to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: What annual financial assistance do the New Zealand Basketball Federation and the Tall Blacks receive from Sport and Recreation New Zealand?

13. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Broadcasting: Why was the full section on the business outlook for Radio New Zealand Limited and most of the business outlook for Television New Zealand Limited withheld when releasing the Minister for State Owned Enterprises' incoming briefing papers?

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