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Questions For Oral Answer - 22 November 2006

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Questions to Ministers

1. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does the Otago District Health Board follow the Auditor-General’s guidelines on procurement with respect to all of its contracts with suppliers and providers?

2. PITA PARAONE to the Associate Minister for Senior Citizens: What steps is he taking to improve access to Government services and improve the quality of life for senior citizens?

3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement: “Every student deserves the best from their time in school. We need the whole system to focus on this and making a difference for students.”?

4. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of State Services: Is the Government considering any amendments to the Protected Disclosures Act 2000?

5. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister for the Environment: When will the Minister make a decision on the Environment Court recommendation for approval of the Whangamata Marina resource consents?

6. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for the Rugby World Cup: Is a decision by the Government to proceed with a stadium on Auckland’s waterfront dependent upon the National Party committing to support the necessary special legislation; if so, why?

7. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: Does he stand by his statement to the House yesterday that “I can confirm that Mr Tavita, the group manager of service international, attempted to communicate with the previous Associate Minister’s office.”; if so, what did the group manager of service international attempt to communicate to Mr O’Connor’s office?

8. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Information Technology: What reports has he received on Government initiatives to increase access to high quality New Zealand digital content?

9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does he stand by his statement that his ministry has a zero tolerance policy for fraud?

10. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: What role has New Zealand played in recent international developments in climate change policy?

11. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he have confidence in his ministry; if so, why?

12. METIRIA TUREI to the Associate Minister of Health: Does he agree with the Smokefree Coalition that the descriptors “light” or “mild” for cigarettes are “deliberately designed to give the false impression that light or mild brands are less injurious to health than so-called regular brands when evidence has clearly established that this is not the case”; if so, does he have the power to ban the use of this kind of marketing?

ENDS

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