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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 4 November

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 4 November 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government's priorities for changes to the tax system?

2. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Police; if so, why?

3. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that "the government is preparing a major land transport package which will help address Auckland's congestion"; if so, will the Government accept amendments to the Land Transport Management Bill to address the criticisms by Auckland business and local government interests that in its current form the bill will fail to deliver adequate solutions?

4. LUAMANUVAO WINNIE LABAN to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: To what extent has New Zealand achieved its objective in deploying police and defence force personnel to the Solomon Islands?

5. KATHERINE RICH to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): What responsibility does the Government accept for problems in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services that the First Principles Baseline Review finds to be "deep and systemic" and that "are about more than just levels of resourcing"?

6. HEATHER ROY to the Minister of Health: Why did the Ministry of Health make a final payment of $90,665.33 including GST to the Te Whare Whakapikiora O Te Rangimarie Trust when there was no contractual obligation to do so, and why did the Ministry pay $74,146.96 excluding GST of this payment directly to the Inland Revenue Department to cover the trust's outstanding tax liability?

7. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Does he believe that New Zealand's relationship with Australia is a close and positive relationship; if not, why not?

8. MARC ALEXANDER to the Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment (CYF): Does she stand by Labour's 2002 election promise that it will "Invest more funding in community-based services meeting the needs of children and families and improve social work practice at Child, Youth and Family."?

9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Health; if so, why?

10. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Corrections: Will there be an independent investigation into the actions of the Department of Corrections with regards to the supervision of paedophile, Lloyd Alexander McIntosh; if not, why not?

11. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Education: What steps is the Government taking to lift the educational achievements of school children in New Zealand?

12. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for the Environment: Does she stand by her comments about the Environmental Risk Management Authority that "We have established a system that allows people to have their say on those applications, and I encourage those wishing to do so to use the system"; if so, what is she doing to encourage people to have their say?

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