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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 3 December

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Questions to Ministers

1. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on business confidence?

2. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Finance: Will he confirm the commitment in the Speech from the Throne which said that "any proposal from the board of Air New Zealand for changes to its present ownership profile will have to meet national interest tests and pass existing competition tests without any form of intervention by the government", and was he aware Air New Zealand was negotiating with Qantas when that statement was made?

3. LARRY BALDOCK to the Minister of Conservation: What is his response to the view reported in the Timaru Herald that the Department of Conservation's goal to eradicate not just some, but all Himalayan thar from the Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park is "not good practice and the department should know better"?

4. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Minister of Police: What is his response to the reported comments of departing Auckland police constable, Matt Allin, that "too much effort was put into traffic-type policing at the expense of fighting other crime"?

5. Hon MATT ROBSON to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: What reports has he received from his Ministry on the state of the regional economies, and what do these reports indicate?

6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her reported comments on Newstalk 1ZB that the leaky buildings crisis is just a "beat-up"; if so, why?

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7. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Education: What support has the Government made available to assist gifted and talented children to reach their potential?

8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Why did she say on TV3 News on Wednesday 20 November 2002 "It sounds like he's now leaping from xenophobia to homophobia", and what was the purpose of that comment?

9. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the performance of Hon George Hawkins; if so, why?

10. HELEN DUNCAN to the Minister of Transport: What changes is the Government making to the transport sector in New Zealand?

11. KEITH LOCKE to the Prime Minister: Does she believe the United Nations Charter allows governments to conduct anti-terrorist pre-emptive strikes in other nations; if not, will her Government support any move by Prime Minister John Howard to amend the United Nations Charter to allow such strikes?

12. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Social Services and Employment: Does he stand by his reported comments made last week that four weeks holiday a year could cost the economy hundreds of millions of dollars; if not, why not?

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