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T5. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, who will be aware that farm planning applications are being held up by slow responses from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), whether there is anything that he can do to speed the process up. (AQT 695/17-22)
I thank the Minister for his response. The Minister will be aware of the seriousness of the situation. Many farms are trying to re-do existing old buildings and re-roof them, but they are being held up by NIEA. I am sure that the Minister is fully aware of the importance of this matter being addressed.
6. Mr Irwin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had, in particular with the UK Government, on the enabling of importation of seed and ware potatoes from Great Britain following the end of the transition period. (AQO 1131/17-22)
DUP MLA for Newry and Armagh
Entered the Assembly on 9 March 2007 — election
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