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Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 10 October

Published: Tue 10 Oct 2000 12:20 AM
Paraphrased answers will be posted in the Scoops wire shortly after 3pm.
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
Tuesday, 10 October 2000
Questions to Ministers
1. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Minister for Industry and Regional Development: What did he mean when he said "These exchange rate fluctuations are not an accurate reflection of the economy" and does he believe that the fluctuations have contributed to a decline in economic activity in the June quarter in 11 of New Zealand's 14 regions?
2. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Health: Has she received any assurances that patients requiring acute cardiac surgery in Auckland will not be forced to wait?
3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm the reported statement that "Ministers had decided to invite only business people interested in constructive engagement" to the Government's business forum?
4. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Prime Minister: Given her statement on the Holmes show on Thursday that "fewer people left in the year to August this year than left the year before," does she accept that on a net basis more skilled New Zealanders left permanently or long term in the year ending August 2000 than any time in the last 20 years; if not, why not?
5. Rt Hon WYATT CREECH to the Minister of Health: What has she done to fulfil commitment number three on the Labour Party's commitment card which includes the statement "cut waiting times for surgery in our public health system"?
6. JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health: What steps is the Government taking to address the issue of stress at work, a key theme of today's World Mental Health Day?
7. Hon MAX BRADFORD to the Minister of Labour: What reports has she received that unions are prepared to live by the letter and intent of the Employment Relations Act "good faith" provisions and the code of good faith?
8. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Transport: Does the Government have any strategies to ensure the option of freight or passenger services across the rail network is maintained in the event Tranz Rail announces its withdrawal today from providing any such services; if so, what are those strategies?
9. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Health: How many New Zealanders are currently isolated under section 79 of the Health Act 1956 and at what cost?
10. CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of State Services: What reports has he received on payments to the law firm Buddle Findlay?
11. Hon KEN SHIRLEY to the Minister for Accident Insurance: When does he intend introducing legislation reforming ACC, and what will it include?
12. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Defence: Has he received any reports concerning his decision to request an RNZAF Hercules to carry out a humanitarian action in Samoa?

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