Edwin Poots

MLA, Lagan Valley

Lagan Valley DUP

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  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill: Final Stage 30 Jun 2015

    I thank the Member for giving way. I hear all that you are saying. However, the reality is that, in effect, we are not taking one single additional penny from the Westminster Government. What we are actually doing is dipping in to the Health, Education, DSD, DRD and every other Departments' budgets and putting it into a subsidised welfare system that is not available anywhere else in the...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice Bill: Further Consideration Stage 22 Jun 2015

    I welcome the opportunity to make the winding-up speech on this issue. It has been a useful debate. Nonetheless, I do not think that we should be in this situation. I think that, if the Department of Justice had had a mind to move things forward, we could have been in a much better place a long time ago, but it has been dragging its feet, and, as a result, it was necessary to bring the...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice Bill: Further Consideration Stage 22 Jun 2015

    That is absolutely right. The Alliance Party and the Minister are perfectly entitled to take the position that they have adopted on young people using firearms. Indeed, I believe that Sinn Féin is opposed to reducing the age for young people to use firearms — a somewhat peculiar position for Sinn Féin. Nonetheless, we are perfectly comfortable with the legal use of firearms...

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DUP MLA for Lagan Valley

Entered the Assembly on 25 June 1998 — General election

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