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Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 5 October

Questions for Oral Answer
As At Tuesday, 5 October 2004

Questions to Ministers

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: What steps is he taking, if any, to protect the interests of New Zealand stakeholders over the sale of Powerco to overseas buyers?

2. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Immigration: Will he consider not relying on the security risk certificate issued against Mr Ahmed Zaoui in light of the Court of Appeal ruling that the security criteria for issuing the certificate will only be met "if there are objectively reasonable grounds based on credible evidence that Mr Zaoui constitutes a danger to the security of New Zealand of such seriousness that it would justify sending a person back to persecution."?

3. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: What involvement have officials from her office, or from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, had in the ongoing meetings between the Government and Tainui, and what implications do these meetings have for the seabed and foreshore legislation?

4. LYNNE PILLAY to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What is the Government doing to address the skill needs of the New Zealand economy?

5. KATHERINE RICH to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Why did the Government decide to disestablish the Community Employment Group?

6. DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Justice: What changes is the Government making to address the issue of compensation payments to inmates?

7. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does her statement that "the Government, like the public, is grossly offended at the fact that people are getting awarded large sums of money when in some cases their victims are dead and others have had nothing whatsoever" apply to Andrew Ronald MacMillan receiving $1,200 for his 'hurt feelings'; if so, how does she propose to stop such a payout?

8. BERNIE OGILVY to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement on 22 September 2004 "Let's be clear about our Government's goals - we want to provide accessible and affordable quality early childhood education to all young kiwi kids."; if so, why?

9. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Police: Has he read the publicly released police file relating to the alleged burglary at 8 Rocky Nook Avenue on 12 September 2002; if so, what steps will he be taking as a result?

10. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Were any dioxin contaminated sites inundated by the recent floods in Whakatane; if so, does she have a list of those sites and an action plan for clean-up?

11. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): What actions has he taken to ensure polytechnics are not making inappropriate use of classification 5.1 community education funding?

12. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for Small Business: What recent reports has he received on international variations in compliance costs for businesses and how do they compare with the New Zealand situation?

Questions to Members

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Chairperson of the Fisheries and Other Sea-related Legislation Committee: Does he stand by his statement on 14 September that Nanaia Mahuta's submission "was received outside the parameters set by the committee", and was an exception made for this submission to be heard?

ENDS

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