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Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 3 December

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Wednesday, 3 December 2003

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Will she rule out an increase in petrol tax being included in the Government's Auckland transport package due to be announced on December 12, in light of her comments recently that a 15 cent a litre petrol tax increase to fund Auckland transport was "ridiculous in my opinion"; if not, why not?

2. IAN EWEN-STREET to the Minister for Biosecurity: What action is he taking following an Occupational Safety and Health report into moth spraying in Hamilton, which found failings with Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) medical reporting systems, and with medical consultations by MAF-contracted doctors?

3. Dr LYNDA SCOTT to the Minister of Health: Did her Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Colin Feek, reassure Mrs Shirley Crowley in September 2001 that Dr Ian Breeze would be stopped from operating, as stated by Mrs Crowley; if so, why did she or her Ministry not then initiate an inquiry into Dr Breeze's practice?

4. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Education: What steps have been taken to ensure that the results of NCEA internally assessed standards are available to students?

5. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is he concerned that information is not collected on a basis to enable him to answer my question in the House yesterday as to what percentage of refugees and immigrants have obtained paid employment within 6 months of arriving in New Zealand since the election of the Labour Government in 1999; if not, why not?

6. Hon MURRAY McCULLY to the Associate Minister of Maori Affairs (Social Development): What specific role has she played, in her capacity as Associate Minister of Maori Affairs with delegated responsibility for "public education on the Treaty", in the preparation of the Government's Treaty of Waitangi public education programme?

7. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Customs: Will the Government reconsider its decision to recover border security costs from the private sector in light of widespread opposition to this from the travel and trade industries; if not, why not?

8. RON MARK to the Minister of Justice: Is he confident that the justice system is working in the interests of all New Zealanders?

9. MARK PECK to the Minister for Small Business: What recent reports has he received comparing the small business environment in New Zealand with Australia?

10. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister of Fisheries: Why has he not delivered the promised legislative framework for aquaculture and why is it necessary to extend the moratorium for 9 months from March 2004?

11. MOANA MACKEY to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: How does Government support of New Zealand filmmaking benefit our regions?

12. BRIAN CONNELL to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: Does he stand by his statement made in reaction to Wayne Coffey's criticisms of the Government's forestry policies, in which he said, "Well I want to know from the industry because if that's right ... we'll stop doing what we're doing."; if so, can the forestry industry interpret this as a policy statement?


Questions to Members
1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): Is she satisfied that the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill will not have unintended consequences if enacted; if not, why not?

2. Dr MURIEL NEWMAN to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): If the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill is enacted will it come into force immediately; if not, why not?

3. RODNEY HIDE to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): Is anyone liable for a fine under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill if an enforcement officer detects smoking in a bar or club; if so, what is the maximum fine?

4. HEATHER ROY to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): Does the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill provide enforcement officers with the power to enter pubs armed with air sniffers, cameras and video cameras; if so, why?

5. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): Under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill, will crews on ships in New Zealand continental waters be able to smoke inside the ship; if so, under what conditions?

6. HEATHER ROY to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): Under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill, will enforcement officers have the power to enter marae?

7. GERRARD ECKHOFF to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): What sanctions does the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill provide for rural pubs that flout the law and allow their patrons to smoke indoors?

8. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Steve Chadwick (Member in charge of Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill): Under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill, will employees be able to smoke in company cars; if so, under what conditions?

ENDS

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