Questions For Oral Answer - 12 October 2006

Published: Thu 12 Oct 2006 11:54 AM
Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 12 October 2006
Questions to Ministers
1. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology: Does he recall advising the House that the Marsden Fund is “run by researchers who are our very own senior researchers, making their own applications”; if so, what is the code of ethics which enable these very senior researchers to do this?
2. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: What is the Crown’s actual operating balance for 2005/06, as reported in the last line of Table 3 of the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand released yesterday?
3. TIM BARNETT to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on State Highway 1, between Picton and Christchurch?
4. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his comments to July’s rural health conference in Dunedin that claims of a GP crisis were “exaggerated” and that he was “sick of the rural GP crisis syndrome”; if so, why?
5. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: What is the Government doing to preserve the Kiwi lifestyle by keeping New Zealanders fit and healthy?
6. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: What steps, if any, will her Government take to address any findings or recommendations that may be made by the Controller and Auditor-General in his inquiry into election advertising?
7. GEORGINA BEYER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What steps has the Government taken to extend eligibility for childcare assistance?
8. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her response to question for oral answer No 1 on 11 October 2006 that it is not her position to “express judgment one way or another” when asked whether she had confidence in the Controller and Auditor-General?
9. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Trade: What does the Minister estimate the likely annual revenue loss to this country will be if changes to the European Union butter import rules mean that Fonterra can no longer act as sole importer to the EU for its products?
10. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Justice: Does he agree with the statements of the Chief Electoral Officer that the Labour pledge card, and the A2-size pamphlet headed ‘Working together’, “clearly encourages … voters to vote for the Labour Party” and that “the expenses of these publications should be included in your [Labour’s] return of election expenses”; if not, why not?
11. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: What is the Government’s position on the draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
12. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister of Energy: Why has the price of electricity increased by over 39 percent since Labour became the Government in 1999, and what changes in Government policy, if any, will be made to provide additional renewable

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