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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 21 October

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 21 October 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Did she raise with President George W Bush, during their 12 minute pull-aside in Bangkok, the speech on United States-New Zealand relations prepared by the United States Ambassador Swindells for delivery at Victoria University earlier this month; if not, why not?

2. JUDY TURNER to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Does she stand by her initial response to written question No 9993 that contact between the Cremen-Burrows family and the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services "has been largely historic and was with various members of the family and extended family", and her initial response to written question No 9723 that "None of the previous contact has been related to the care and protection of Coral or her brother Storm."; if not, why not?

3. STEPHEN FRANKS to the Minister of Corrections: How many people sentenced to community work in the year ended 30 June 2003 failed to turn up in time to complete the full hours scheduled for the relevant day and how many have been punished for that failure?

4. TIM BARNETT to the Minister for Trade Negotiations: What benefits to New Zealand trade emerged out of APEC discussions?

5. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Does she stand by her replies to written questions Nos 9460, 9461, 10050 and 10051 in September and October 2002, in which she stated that samples of corn seed were collected from Talleys and Seed Production Ltd by MAF and sent to Genescan Australia for testing, that Novartis paid for the tests and owned the results, and that Novartis verbally notified ERMA and MAF that the results were negative for genetic modification; if so, why?

6. KATHERINE RICH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): When Department of Child, Youth and Family Services spokeswoman, Christine Langdon, said that Child, Youth and Family had no record of Ron Burrows' call and they had "rigorous processes in place for recording notifications", what are these "rigorous processes"?

7. DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What are the implications of New Zealand's election to the World Heritage Committee?

8. RON MARK to the Minister of Corrections: Does he believe that the Department of Corrections' internal investigation into the emergency response unit meets the requirements of transparency, accountability and integrity?

9. JILL PETTIS to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What approaches is the Government working on to help at-risk young people get into employment or further training?

10. RICHARD WORTH to the Attorney-General: Will the Government be asking the Maori Land Court to adjourn foreshore and seabed cases before it for "somewhere in the order of six months"; if so, what is the Government's timeframe for finalising the foreshore and seabed policy?

11. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Immigration: Does she agree, in light of the Ahmed Zaoui case, that the "framework for issuing security risk certificates ... has been shown to have serious flaws"; if not, why not?

12. MARK PECK to the Minister for Small Business: What benefits does he expect to flow from the appointment of the Small Business Advisory Group?

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