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Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Moira Bypass (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: No worries, Mr Speaker. Everybody forgets about me, you know. [Laughter.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Moira Bypass (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you for calling me, in any event. I thank Robbie for bringing the debate to the House. It is a long time since my grandfather took his family to church in Moira on a pony and trap. My mother walked nearly 3 miles to the train station to get down to Belfast to work in the Civil Service. Moira has grown rapidly as a village since then, particularly over recent years. Unfortunately,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Second Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank all the Members who participated in the debate. It was heart-warming to hear all the contributions and their strong support for the law. We are a nation of animal lovers, which is to our credit. The desire to have protections for animals is therefore a reasonable position for us to adopt. Sometimes, those things can be a bit conflicted, because, by protecting one animal, you may cause...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Accelerated Passage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I appreciate the commentary from around the Chamber on this issue, and the widespread support for moving the Bill to its next stage. It allows us to engage in the process that will see it to its conclusion. I heard what the one Member who spoke negatively had to say, and I indicate to him that we had a crisis last year, in case he was not aware. That crisis led to staff not being in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Second Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill [NIA 45/17-22] be agreed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Second Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: This short Bill aims to provide enhanced welfare protection for Northern Ireland's service animals. Before I speak to its content, I will provide some background. Animals in Northern Ireland are provided with a range of substantial protections under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. The Act provides that it is an offence to cause an animal unnecessary suffering. Legislation...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Accelerated Passage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Accelerated Passage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the opportunity to address the Assembly on this motion. I appreciate that the use of accelerated passage is not something to be sought routinely, and I do not usually do so. When taking forward draft primary legislation, my preference is to subject it to the full Committee procedure to ensure detailed clause-by-clause scrutiny. My decision to seek accelerated passage in this case is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Yes, it was. Obviously, COVID is a topic of conversation that is always present, and it was present in the discussions as well. It has been interesting to see how some regions and countries have done better at various times but then seem to fall back again. Wales, for example, did very well in the early part of the year, but, in the later part of the year, things have not gone so well. At one...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Yes. We are supportive of that. Big ticket issues, such as COVID and how we address the issues arising out of COP26, could and should be dealt with more expeditiously. Having six-monthly standing meetings, where the agenda can be agreed quite a long time beforehand, is not necessarily the best way forward. That is why the proposals were put forward and accepted by the members present.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: There was considerable discussion on that subject. A lot of people look at climate change and see the actions that need to be taken as a threat. Many of us look at it as an opportunity. Our nation is not rich in coal, oil and gas — fossil fuels — so I am not too excited about not being able to utilise those fuels. We are rich in wind energy, and in tidal and wave energy, if that can be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the eloquent speech, although I am not sure where the question was. Nonetheless, on the protocol issues, a very significant element of why Northern Ireland is doing well is our very prosperous food industry. Over the pandemic, people have voted with their feet on from where they acquire their food, saying, "We want local food". That is why beef prices have risen from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Interestingly enough, the Chief Minister of Jersey indicated that cutting the power supply would not be a big issue for the people of Jersey, because they could just reactivate their coal-fired power station, which they were preparing to do. Of course, that would not be very good for the climate, because Jersey uses nuclear power that comes from France, but that would have been a decision...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thus far, young people have had limited effects from COVID-19. They have clearly been transmitters of it, however, and they can transmit it to people who are much more vulnerable. Therein lies a substantial part of the problem. The significance of the booster vaccination — the fact that our immunity can go from somewhere around 40% to well over 90% — was mentioned. I am glad that Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Northern Ireland is not less ambitious. We have taken scientific advice. If the Member wishes to reject that advice, that is a matter for the Member and whoever she can persuade. I tend to take the scientific advice. I also tend to take the advice of the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC), which advises Members on legislation and legislative processes, and it has described the Member's Bill...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I do not know the exact details of the full-time complement of the secretariat, but I will be happy to get that information and provide it to the Member. I am sure that the Member will do his own work to identify the complement of the North/South secretariat.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I wish to make the following statement on the thirty-sixth summit of the British-Irish Council (BIC), which took place on Friday 19 November 2021. The summit was hosted by the Welsh Government. The heads of the delegation were welcomed by the First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, who provided the opportunity to use indigenous, minority and lesser-used...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Yes, there was extensive discussion on that, and I recommend that the next British-Irish Council meeting focus on it, be it at the meeting or on the periphery of the meeting. It was a very significant topic of conversation, and a lot of the conversation was on renewable energy, the opportunities that exist for renewable energy on these islands and the ability of these islands to capture that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I raised the protocol during the meeting, and I also raised it extensively outside the meeting with Minister Gove and other Ministers. It is important that the message continues to be put that the protocol as it currently exists is damaging to Northern Ireland and that we need to find a way through that not only safeguards the European Union's single market but protects the integrity of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Minister Hargey led on IML, and she engaged in the meeting as the Minister who deals with that issue. Extensive discussions took place on indigenous, minority and lesser-used languages. Minority languages were used extensively throughout the meeting. Of course, a minority language is used extensively in Wales. Therefore, that got a fair bit of attention during the meeting. There was a lot of...


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