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Questions for Oral Answer - 15 November 2005

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Questions to Ministers

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Has there been any amendment or addendum to the Cabinet Manual to accommodate the arrangement her Government has reached with New Zealand First and United Future allowing their leaders to be Ministers, but not fully bound by collective responsibility; if not, why not?

2. SHANE JONES to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports of support being expressed by the Governor of the Reserve Bank for the introduction of capital gains tax on housing?

3. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her answer of 2 August 2005 to my question of whether she had asked Treasury to forecast the long-term fiscal impact of her Government's proposed interest-free student loan policy that, "No, this is a Labour Party policy, not a Government one."; if not, why not?

4. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has he received about the numbers of New Zealanders in work?

5. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Is he concerned about domestic inflation demand; if so, what actions does he support to curb this?

6. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Finance: Does the Government have any plans to assist the 617 Air New Zealand heavy maintenance engineers in finding further employment in New Zealand if Air New Zealand proceeds with its plans to outsource its engineering work offshore; if so, what are those plans?

7. Hon GEORGINA TE HEUHEU to the Minister of Broadcasting: Does he have confidence in the Board of Television New Zealand; if so, why?

8. SUE BRADFORD to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the statement in the Speech from the Throne that New Zealand's economic security will come from our firms being part of "a high skill, high productivity, and high wage economy."; if so, how does the loss of 600 high wage, high skill engineering jobs from Air New Zealand contribute to this goal?

9. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for Environment: Is he satisfied that his Government's changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 are working well?

10. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Does the Government consult with tangata whenua on relevant issues when attending United Nations forums?

11. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Is he satisfied that Work and Income is taking all steps to crack down on benefit fraud; if so, is he satisfied that only eligible persons receive taxpayer-funded benefits?

12. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: How is the Government fostering innovation in the New Zealand economy, through research, science and technology?

ENDS


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