Questions For Oral Answer
Wednesday, 23 June 1999
Questions to Ministers
1. Gerry Brownlee to the Minister of Social Services, Work and Income: Does he agree with recent comments that
unemployment figures have increased by 85,000?
2. Rt Hon. Helen Clark to the Prime Minister: In view of her reported challenge to Television New Zealand to release
the range of figures under discussion with John Hawkesby, will she, as Prime Minister, require the Minister of State
Services and the Minister responsible for the Fire Service, to release details of the payment made to Mrs Jean Martin
when she resigned from the Fire Service; if not, why not?
3. Peter Brown to the Prime Minister: Why does she continue to have Ministers in charge of various portfolios when
increasingly Ministers are claiming to be not responsible for the actions of their boards?
4. Jim Anderton to the Minister for Enterprise and Commerce: When was the last time the Holidays Act 1981 was amended
to extend the minimum annual leave entitlement, and is that entitlement being reviewed?
5. Hon. Dr Michael Cullen to the Minister of Tourism: Is it Government policy that Bryan Mogridge and Michael Wall
should return all the money that they received as a payment to leave the Tourism Board; if not, why not?
6. Rodney Hide to the Treasurer: How much would a three cent cut to the top rate of tax reduce Government revenue by in
a year and how does this reduction compare to the increase in Government expenditure that has occurred since 1993/94?
7. Hon. Neil Kirton to the Minister of Health: Following his reported statement that "It's no secret I'm concerned
about the state of Capital Coast Health. It hasn't performed well in many years.", will he be seeking a refund of the
nearly $2 million paid to consultants who were hired to develop a financial rescue package for Capital Coast Health?
8. Annabel Young to the Prime Minister: What reports has she recently received on the impact of APEC on women?
9. Hon. Robyn McDonald to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What does he intend to do about the continued sale of child
resistant cigarette lighters?
10. Hon. Phil Goff to the Minister of Justice: What protection, if any, does the justice system offer to families
driven from their homes by intimidation and threatening behaviour by gang members?
11. Belinda Vernon to the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand Ltd: What progress has been made in acquiring
1,000 new homes in Auckland?
12. Hon. Annette King to the Minister of Health: Was the Health Funding Authority's contract with Ascot Hospital for
joint replacement surgery negotiated and finalised in just eight days and signed before the hospital had opened; if so,
what safety and quality checks were completed before the signing of the contract?