Results 221–240 of 5293 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Pre-Budget Statement (19 Jun 2001)

Edwin Poots: I note the Minister’s comments that the Minister of Education has announced a balanced programme of conventional capital procurement and exploration of public-private partnerships. I assume that Mr Durkan’s view of a balanced programme relates to public-private partnerships as opposed to spending from the public purse, and that it does not include the two-to-one ratio of spending that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Northern Ireland Railways (19 Jun 2001)

Edwin Poots: When the new rolling stock is brought in for other lines, does the Minister intend to use the existing rolling stock for the Antrim to Knockmore line? Will the rolling stock be used at more appropriate hours so that peak-period public transport could be provided for people who wish to use the line?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Third-Party Planning Appeals (19 Jun 2001)

Edwin Poots: I am very disappointed with the Minister’s response on this occasion. He must get real on this issue. People are not satisfied with what is currently on offer. He mentions the planning problems experienced by people in business. What about the problems of the individuals whose human rights are being damaged by many large businesses that have trampled and abused the planning system for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of the Committee of the Centre – Commissioner for Children (26 Jun 2001)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That this Assembly approves the Report of the Committee of the Centre on its inquiry into the proposal for a commissioner for children for Northern Ireland (2/00R) and calls on the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to take full account of the recommendations. Why do we need a children’s commissioner in Northern Ireland? Children are one of the largest and yet most...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of the Committee of the Centre – Commissioner for Children (26 Jun 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Members who took part in the debate for their positive and constructive contributions. The number of Members who expressed a general welcome echoes the consensus in the Committee on the appointment of a children’s commissioner for Northern Ireland and the recommendations on his role and remit. I want to pick up on a few of the points made. Dr Hendron made reference to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Lagan Valley Hospital (26 Jun 2001)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That this Assembly notes with concern the current underfunding of the Lagan Valley Hospital in the Down Lisburn Health and Social Services Trust. It is a matter of regret that this motion must be brought before the House. Hospitals require funding. Capitation formulae are worked out for those hospitals. In the case of the Down Lisburn Health and Social Services Trust — and the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Resignation of the First Minister (2 Jul 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am seeking clarification of the role of the Committee of the Centre, now that we do not have a First Minister or a Deputy First Minister to monitor. We are due to hold a meeting on Wednesday to arrive at our conclusions about the Single Equality Bill. Will it be in order to hold that meeting? What is the situation in relation to the junior Ministers? Are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Winter Service Review (3 Jul 2001)

Edwin Poots: The Minister referred to the provision for footpaths in town centres and the need for collaboration with agencies such as district councils. Will the Roads Service liaise with the district councils at an early stage to establish ways to clear and grit footpaths in winter? The Department is trying to encourage people to use means of transport other than cars. Last winter, many pedestrians had...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development Strategy (17 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: I welcome this very useful document. It is good to have strategic plans laid out in front of us. There are several areas in the document that I would like to address. In my constituency, the Department has, by and large, listened to most of what has been requested. Lisburn has been outlined as an area of high development potential, and the local council will have seen that. Lisburn would...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Drug Education (17 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: 8. asked the Minister of Education to indicate what changes have been made to the drugs education programme for the new school year. (AQO 77/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Drug Education (17 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that the taking of soft drugs often leads to hard drugs consumption? One of those hard drugs, cocaine, is supplied in Colombia. Will he, as Minister of Education, condemn those members and associates of his party who have been connected with the drug suppliers from Colombia?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: European Football Championship (24 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline any contacts he has had with the Scottish Executive to discuss the possibility of jointly hosting the European football championship in 2008. (AQO 141/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: European Football Championship (24 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: I understand that the SFA has approached the Welsh Football Association and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) regarding a joint bid. Will the Irish Football Association (IFA), in conjunction with the Minister, use this as an opportunity to promote Northern Ireland, which is better placed logistically to accommodate a joint bid with Scotland? It would give us the opportunity to develop...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Regional Status (24 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the progress in having regional status applied to beef exports since May 2001. (AQO 142/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Regional Status (24 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: We often hear that everyone should have equality in Europe, so it seems strange to farmers here, where there is a much lower incidence of BSE than in the Republic of Ireland, Portugal and other EU countries, that Northern Ireland is still not allowed to export beef. Clearly the iron was not struck when it was hot last year, and we do not want to make the same mistake this year. We want to see...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Programme for Government 2002-03 (24 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: I am not sure whether this question goes to the huffer or the puffer. I welcome the commitment to adopting a strategy for children and the consultation that is to take place next spring. When is the strategy likely to be in place? Section 7.3 sub-priority 1 of the draft Programme for Government states "We will modernise government and make it more open and accessible for the public." Under...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Budget 2002-03 (25 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: We heard yesterday about the Programme for Government and the review of public administration, and Dr Hendron has already raised that issue. Where is the finance for the review of public administration? I understand that it is going to take £2 million, but I do not see that in the Budget. We were also told yesterday that we were to have a children’s commissioner in place by June. Leaving...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (25 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: I support the motion. Not surprisingly, I cannot support the amendment that has been put down in the name of Mr Attwood and Ms Lewsley. The issue of human rights is fundamental — the establishment of good human rights is something we should all support. However, the role played by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has diminished the human rights issue in Northern Ireland. It has...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (25 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: Mrs Hegarty was one member. I do not have a note of the names with me, but another member of the SDLP was appointed at that time.


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