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Questions for Oral Answer - 23 March 2006

Questions for Oral Answer - As At Thursday, 23 March 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Local Government: What steps has the Government taken to improve the rates rebates scheme for those on low incomes?

2. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Associate Minister for Economic Development: What part has he played in general policy development as an Associate Minister for Economic Development since taking up the role?

3. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How are New Zealand's relations with our Pacific Island neighbours, particularly the Cook Islands?

4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday that, "we are not releasing data that identify individual schools"; if so, why?

5. ANN HARTLEY to the Minister of State Services: What reports has she received regarding developments in the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme?

6. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement yesterday in relation to public-private partnerships for road infrastructure that, "The fact that no one has yet to formally approach us probably reflects the fact that this Government's huge increase in investment has, to some extent, crowded out opportunity."; if so, why?

7. RODNEY HIDE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her reply to question for written answer no. 414 (2006), "On 9 December 2005 a VIP car transporting me was hit from behind in Ponsonby Road" when asked "Has the Prime Minister's motorcade been involved in any accidents in the past 12 months; if so, on what dates, where and what are the details?", and how many cars were involved in the accident?

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8. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Which elements of the Government's climate change policies covering new taxes, restrictions on deforestation and energy efficiency would he describe as a success?

9. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Small Business: What is the expected impact on small to medium enterprises of legislative and regulatory changes coming into effect on 1 April?

10. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Is he concerned about the Government's ability to meet New Zealanders' need for elective surgery; if not, why not?

11. MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Is he confident that progress is being made on ensuring New Zealanders have access to appropriate renal dialysis facilities?

12. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs: Will he agree to a request from Ms Freda Moffitt that the Joint Working Group into the plight of Vietnam veterans and their families affected by exposure to Agent Orange bring its draft report and recommendations back to veterans and whanau before they are submitted to the Government; if not, why not?

ENDS


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