QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER
Thursday, 1 November 2001
Questions to Ministers
1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Labour: Does she have confidence in Employment Relations Authority member Ms Susan
Bathgate; if so, why?
2. NANAIA MAHUTA to the Minister of Education: What are the main proposals in the Early Childhood Strategic Planning
Working Group's report?
3. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Labour: In light of her acknowledgement to the House yesterday that the Cabinet
papers in which she proposed Ms Bathgate's appointment stated Ms Bathgate held other Crown warrants, does she accept
full responsibility for Ms Bathgate being paid for all three Crown appointments; if not, why not?
4. GRAHAM KELLY to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: What is the Government's response to the decision of the
Indonesian Parliament to allow an autonomy package for Irian Jaya?
5. Hon GEORGINA TE HEUHEU to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What would be the practical
consequences of incorporating the eight specific Treaty of Waitangi and Maori cultural Royal Commission recommendations,
which "the Government is currently engaged in discussion with members of the Maori caucus on", into the Government's
proposed genetic engineering legislation?
6. ANN HARTLEY to the Minister of Fisheries: What is the next step in developing an Oceans Policy?
7. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Following his clarification that
his statement of 26 October was not a threat to withdraw funding from the Southern Institute of Technology, will he now
go the extra step to join his colleague, the Deputy Prime Minister, in supporting the Institute's operation in
8. SUE BRADFORD to the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education): Does he agree with the reported comment by
the Education and Science Committee chairperson, Liz Gordon, that "While the two major political parties acknowledge
that there are significant problems with the current system of fees, loans and allowances, neither has engaged in any
solutions.", and what action, if any, does he intend to take?
9. Hon ROGER SOWRY to the Minister of Health: Will she take action to ensure that New Zealand cancer patients requiring
radiation treatment, who are unable to be treated within clinical guidelines here, receive financial assistance from the
Government to immediately access treatment in Australia; if not, why not?
10. DAVID BENSON-POPE to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: What is the Government doing to encourage
science and research as a career for young New Zealanders?
11. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Has he received any information that would
lead him to change his answer to the House that "I also recall ... the offer of the Special Air Services (SAS) troops to
the effort to defeat terrorism. That action also was supported by every member of the Government."?
12. RON MARK to the Minister for Courts: What progress has been made on the proposal announced in February 2001 to work
with other agencies to prevent those with outstanding court fines from leaving the country?
Questions to Members
1. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Chairperson of the Education and Science Committee: What progress has been made in the
committee's inquiry into decile funding?