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Northern Ireland Assembly: Pig Industry (5 Oct 1998)

Edwin Poots: Is the Member aware that the supermarkets are marking up pork cuts by as much as 900% and that promotions have been running on imported pork which has not been adequately labelled? Does he agree that if the multinational supermarkets will not back our industry properly, we should not support their major planning applications?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Statements by First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (26 Oct 1998)

Edwin Poots: On 14 September, we received a report from the First Minister (Designate) and the Deputy First Minister (Designate). That report contained no detail. Six weeks later, we have a report which includes a little detail. Certainly, there does not appear to be six weeks’ work in it. In this report, in place of detail there is much about consultation, which is referred to in paragraphs 3.1,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Statements by First Minister (Designate) and Deputy (26 Oct 1998)

Edwin Poots: First, we are waiting for the decommissioning that was promised some time ago by the First Minister (Designate). The DUP is willing and able to provide all the necessary information, but we will do that in the proper way, not by writing letters to the First Minister (Designate) or the Deputy First Minister (Designate). We will do it on a proper consultation basis. All that the document...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion (1 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: Further to the point of order. Every Member must have an opportunity to develop his speech. It is unfair for experienced Members to use points of order to disrupt the speeches of new Members. I ask for a ruling on that abuse of the system.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion (1 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: It is nice to see a smooth face in the Chair. Long may that continue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion (1 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: Madam Chair, I assure you that I did not mean to patronise you. Flattery will get me nowhere.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion (1 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: We hear a lot about accountable democracy, and I addressed that in my first speech in the House. I intended to address it again in my second speech, which was to have been during the last sitting. Unfortunately that sitting was guillotined, and I did not have the opportunity to speak on that subject. That that happened is much to the shame of Lord Alderdice and the Ulster Unionist Party,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Presiding Officer:  No-Confidence Motion (1 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: In bringing my comments to a close, I confirm that I support the motion of no confidence in the Initial Presiding Officer.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Presiding Officer’s Business (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Presiding Officer. Is it not normal parliamentary practice for papers such as these to be sent out three business days in advance rather than at the weekend?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: We have heard many speeches attacking the Democratic Unionist Party and, in particular, the stance that it takes in the Assembly. I should make it abundantly clear to those Members who think that the DUP should not act as it does that while 71% of the people in Northern Ireland voted for the agreement, 29% of them voted against it. I have no doubt that the latter figure would be higher if the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: Mr Initial Presiding Officer, I am quoting from a document that John Taylor published for the people of North Down.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: I am not aware of what those might be. However, I will seek to continue. There are some absolutely ludicrous decisions in this report. Education has been split over three Departments — Education, Higher and Further Education, and Culture, Arts and Leisure, where libraries and museums have been put. Under the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure they have also managed to include Ordnance...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: There is no doubt that I will not be invited to head any Department. The simple fact is — [Interruption]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: There are more experienced Members in the DUP, and a young man like me would not have the opportunity to do that just yet. Mr Kennedy would have a much better chance of being called to serve in the Ulster Unionist Party, given the depths of talent there. With regard to the Civic Forum, the victims have been annihilated. They are getting two seats, and the community groups are getting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: Would Mr Durkan be happy if the extra money that will be allocated to run these Departments were taken from the Foyle Constituency?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report Of First Minister (Designate) And Deputy: Determination of Ministerial Offices (16 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Initial Presiding Officer. I should be quite happy to meet you at any time to discuss any of the remarks that I have made. [Interruption]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly:  Shadow Commission Report (22 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the Commission’s intention to promote equality of opportunity and fair treatment in all recruitment practices, and its commitment to advertise publicly all vacancies. What is the religious breakdown of the current staff, and is it in line with the population of Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Property and Planning Development (22 Feb 1999)

Edwin Poots: Does my Colleague agree that a clear lack of strategic planning by the Department — and certainly in the case of Lisburn, where a strategic plan that was to be produced for 1993 is still at a hearing in 1999 — has led to urban sprawl and to major traffic congestion because housing developments have been permitted here, there and everywhere, and not in any strategic way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Members: Code of Conduct (1 Mar 1999)

Edwin Poots: Bearing in mind that some Members have convictions for membership of the IRA, perhaps it would be in order for those Members to declare when they left the IRA or whether they are still members of it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Standing Orders (9 Mar 1999)

Edwin Poots: As a member of a "No" party, I have always suggested that the agreement was fraudulent. I am not surprised that Members from the "Yes" camp are trying to avoid scrutiny of the First and Deputy First Ministers. Not all the "Yes" parties are trying to do that, but the two main proponents, the Ulster Unionist Party and the SDLP, are. I am peeved about that since for years the Ulster Unionist...


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