Scale Fishing Rights: Lough Neagh

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 8th September 2020.

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Photo of Jonathan Buckley Jonathan Buckley DUP 2:30 pm, 8th September 2020

T7. Mr Buckley asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he and his Department are fully aware of the ongoing legal case over the ownership of scale fishing rights in Lough Neagh, with its potential implications for, in particular, the proposed new permit system, which would take responsibility away from his Department and place it into the ownership of a particular cooperative. (AQT 327/17-22)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

I am aware of that, and, being legal matters, those things will be tricky. I will want to have full assurances on those matters and to know that we are fully compliant with the law in how we conduct ourselves.

Photo of Christopher Stalford Christopher Stalford DUP 2:45 pm, 8th September 2020

That concludes questions to the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. I ask Members to take their ease for a minute or so to allow Members and officials to get in and out of the Chamber.