Results 281–300 of 5323 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The environment: Planning Applications: Backlog (4 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: I accept the validity of the reasons that the Minister outlined for the backlog not being cleared as quickly as it might have been. However, how many applications are outstanding after a period of six months, and how many are outstanding after a period of one year? Has the Minister set a new date for clearing the backlog of planning applications?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply Resolutions: Spring Supplementary Estimates (2001-02) and Vote on Account (2002-03): Post-Primary Provision (11 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that when bleeding-heart liberals in England and Wales took us down the road of comprehensive education, it led to poorer results there than in Northern Ireland, where the selection system was retained? Would it not be better to refine the selection system rather than go down the road of social engineering, which will end in poorer results for the children of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Peace II Funding (11 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel what measures are in place to ensure that Peace II funding is distributed equitably across all sections of the community. (AQO 823/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Peace II Funding (11 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: That being the case, perhaps the Minister will explain the situation in Lisburn. Funding was not distributed equally the last time: the Protestant community did not get its fair allocation. The new board does not reflect the balance in the community. Its chairperson and deputy chairperson are Roman Catholic, although the community is 70% Protestant. Coming from a background of unfair...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Report of the Committee of the Centre: Postal Ballot Papers (12 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That this Assembly approves the report of the Committee of the Centre ‘Report into the proposal to record the return of postal ballot papers’ (01/01R) and agrees that it be submitted to the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions as a report of the Northern Ireland Assembly. In November 2001, the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions...

Northern Ireland Assembly: ‘Protecting Children, Supporting Parents’ (2000) (12 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I understand that, when the timetable was made, it was not expected that we would be as far ahead of schedule as we currently are. This debate has been scheduled to last only for an hour and a half. With the leave of the House, perhaps we could extend the time for approximately 45 minutes. That would give all those who wish to speak on this important...

Northern Ireland Assembly: ‘Protecting Children, Supporting Parents’ (2000) (12 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: This is a very interesting debate, and I welcome the fact that most Members will have the opportunity to participate. The role of the family is crucially important, and we do ill to interfere too closely with it. Parents have a special relationship with their children. Having children was a special experience for my wife and myself. There was a bonding experience that allowed us to express...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Golden Jubilee Celebrations (19 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: I regret the tone of today’s discussion. However, it is the Minister who has set the tone, and it was the Minister who set the tone last week with the comments that he made. This proposal was in the pipeline for a long time, and it was put before the House before the death of Princess Margaret. Had the Minister genuinely wished to have the motion withdrawn, he could have spoken to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Golden Jubilee Celebrations (19 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: Nothing has been done about a memento.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Review of Public Administration (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: First, I will comment on the handling of the review. The Committee of the Centre welcomes the publication of the draft terms of reference. The Assembly has waited for the commencement of the review for a long time. Some Members have expected the review since the former Minister of the Environment announced it at the Ulster Unionist Party conference in the autumn of 2000. The review will be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Promotion of Northern Ireland (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps have been taken to promote Northern Ireland as an investment location in Europe. (AQO 898/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Promotion of Northern Ireland (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: I was aware of the launch; that is why I asked the question. What opportunities have been developed for local companies to create linkages with other similar businesses in Europe to improve efficiency, development and marketing opportunities?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Training in the Construction Industry (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: 9. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning what measures have been put in place to encourage more young people to take up training in the construction industry. (AQO 899/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Training in the Construction Industry (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for her response. Does the Department recognise that the number of young people who take up such trades has decreased? Does it recognise that those trades are essential to the future well-being of Northern Ireland? Does the Department intend to develop a programme that will encourage more young people to take up traditional building trades?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Housing Executive Houses – Lisburn District (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of Housing Executive houses that were built in the Lisburn district in the years 1998-99; 1999-2000; and 2000-01. (AQO 900/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Housing Executive Houses – Lisburn District (25 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that the number of house sales is far exceeding the number of new houses that are becoming available at a public level? Consequently, will the Department for Social Development lobby the Department of the Environment in relation to the Belfast metropolitan area plan so that a portion of that land can be designated for public sector housing, given that the public...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Executive Office - Brussels (4 Mar 2002)

Edwin Poots: Are the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister ready to take off their tunnel-vision glasses when it comes to European affairs? Do they recognise that three working days’ notice is not adequate when inviting an MEP to their office? Are they concerned that the first opportunity that Jim Nicholson MEP had to come to the office was at the invitation of the Committee of the Centre? Will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Out-of-Town Shopping Complexes (4 Mar 2002)

Edwin Poots: As the Minister is aware, the only shopping centre in the region is at Sprucefield, in the Lagan Valley constituency. The Minister’s predecessor granted planning permission for further development at Sprucefield. Will the Minister look further at the reserved matters, as the proposed development has substantially changed? It probably does not now meet the regional criterion as originally...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Pre-School Nursery Places (11 Mar 2002)

Edwin Poots: 8. asked the Minister of Education what percentage of fully funded pre-school nursery places are available in each board area. (AQO 966/01)


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