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Questions For Oral Answer - July 13



1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on the privatisation of New Zealand State-owned power companies?

2. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: What progress has the Government made in making the tax system fairer?

3. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: At recent meetings he has had with Grey Power, have they raised with him their concerns about the sell-off of state assets?

4. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister of Corrections: Has she received any reports on the rate of escape from New Zealand prisons?

5. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Why doesn’t his Budget’s net debt track take into account lost dividends from SOEs and sales costs arising from his policy of privatising state assets?

6. KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Labour: Is underground mining safe in New Zealand?

7. COLIN KING to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Christchurch Southern Motorway Road of National Significance following the earthquakes in the city?

8. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: How many of the 5,100 properties in the red zone have been deemed to be uneconomic to repair by the insurer and how many of those, approximately, had unimproved land valuations of less than $150,000?

9. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by all of his recent statements?

10. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Prime Minister: Further to his answers to Oral Question No 1 yesterday on the purchase of state assets by foreigners, what percentage of Contact shares are currently held byforeigners or corporations?

11. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for the Environment: Does he agree with the statement in Ko Aotearoa Tēnei, that “direct infusion of indigenous values into mainstream environmental regulation may well be unique in the world”; if so, how will he advance the opportunities for Māori to take more positive and proactive roles in environmental decision-making?

12. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she seen on the Canterbury unemployment figures?

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