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Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 2 October


Wednesday, 2 October 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. TIM BARNETT to the Minister of Justice: What message did he give to liquor retail outlets about the sale of alcohol to under-age purchasers at his meeting with them on Monday?

2. DONNA AWATERE HUATA to the Minister of Education: What information has been provided to schools to assist them to decide what qualifications to offer Year 12 students next year; and does he consider this information sufficient to allow schools to make an informed choice?

3. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister for the Environment: What controls has the Environmental Risk Management Authority placed on AgResearch Limited's GE cattle experiment, and why?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does he agree with the reported comment of Derek Firth, former head of Simpson Grierson's construction and energy law department, when he said "When the public is confronted with a crisis of the proportion of [leaky homes], such statements as 'leave it to the courts' or 'leave it to the legal process' are as mischievous as they are hollow."; if not, why not?

5. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for the Environment: What progress is the Government making in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Education and his handling of the NCEA, given the statement by PPTA President Jen McCutcheon "There has been a total implementation failure at Level 1.", and this morning's editorial in The Dominion Post stating "This situation is not only grossly unfair, it is unprofessional and unprincipled."; if so, why?

7. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Has he received any reports or advice indicating that the Government allowed the use of untreated pinus radiata for structural purposes in houses as a result of reported "pressure from the Greens..."?

8. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: What action is she taking, if any, to resolve the ongoing difficulties between District Health Boards New Zealand and the Pharmacy Guild, given that the date for the implementation of an agreed settlement, 1 October, has now passed with no resolution between the parties?

9. JILL PETTIS to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What reports, if any, has he seen on programmes to assist young people to make the transition from school to work-based education and training?

10. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is she confident that the screening process treats all immigration applications solely on their merits?

11. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What action will he take to ensure that the building industry is not paralysed by delays in certification of buildings arising from the withdrawal of insurance cover for some certifiers?

12. DAVE HEREORA to the Minister of Transport: What steps, if any, is the Government taking to reduce the road toll?


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