Is his ministry involved in a process developing key escrow and digital telephony policy for New Zealand; if so, what is the nature of this process, which Government agencies are involved, have any papers been prepared to date on the subject and when is it expected that recommendations will be put to Government?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in not involved in any process developing[sic] policy concerning key escrow or digital telephony for New Zealand. This is not the Ministry's job . However MFAT does follow discussion in the OECD on the development of electronic commerce where this might impinge on New Zealand's trading interests or be of advantage to our exporters .
 This statement is complete nonsense. New Zealand currently has the
strictest export controls of any country on earth, which directly contradicts
the OECD's decision to relax or abolish export controls. Obviously a
relaxation of export controls in line with OECD policy would "be of advantage
to our exporters", yet MFAT have acted against OECD policy in their
enforcement of export controls.