Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 17 October 2006
Questions to Ministers
1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, in relation to Noel Ingram’s report into
allegations concerning Taito Phillip Field, that “Dr Ingram found that no conflict existed, or appeared to exist,
between Mr Field’s private interests and the use of his influence as a Minister.”; if not, why not?
2. Hon MARIAN HOBBS to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to support schools to promote healthy
eating and encourage students to become more active?
3. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Finance: What steps, if any, will the Government take to address issues raised by
the Controller and Auditor-General in his report on election advertising?
4. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister of Local Government: What progress has been made on establishing the “independent inquiry
into issues around local government rates funding” that he announced on 23 August 2006?
5. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement to the House on 16 May 2006, with
respect to the Ingram inquiry, that “Inquiries must always take the time required to get to the root of the matter.”?
6. RON MARK to the Minister of Police: How many gangs are known by police to exist in New Zealand, and what is the
estimated number of affiliated members for each of these gangs?
7. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Will the indexation of income tax thresholds go ahead in 2008, as promised in
the 2005 Budget; if not, why not?
8. JILL PETTIS to the Minister of Defence: What further progress is he anticipating in strengthening and rebuilding the
New Zealand Defence Force?
9. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What are the terms of reference for the new health Workforce Taskforce, and
when were these advised to the Taskforce?
10. GORDON COPELAND to the Minister of Finance: Is work being carried out by the Treasury on a possible link between
continuing high house prices, artificial constraints in the supply of land and the price of housing; if so, what is the
current status of that work?
11. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Corrections: Does he have confidence in his department; if so, why?
12. STEVE CHADWICK to the Minister of Local Government: Has he received any reports on the response to the Government’s
newly-expanded rates rebate scheme?