Results 341–360 of 5622 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing in Lagan Valley (7 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: 12. asked the Minister for Social Development what plans he has to provide more social housing in the Lagan Valley constituency. (AQO 1279/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing in Lagan Valley (7 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: I would like to clarify the Minister’s information. I received information from the local office that 137 new-build houses were coming on-stream. That indicates that there is a problem with information coming from the central offices to the local council.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Community Relations (13 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: 6. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister how it appraises the benefits of money allocated to community relations. (AQO 1309/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Community Relations (13 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: Over the past 10 years, Departments have spent well over £100 million on community relations. All the evidence on the streets shows that community relations are worse. Will the Deputy First Minister confirm that the OFMDFM-commissioned report by Dr Peter Shirlow also expressed that view? Is that why the report has not seen the light of day?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Apartment Developments in South Belfast (13 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Minister has achieved a new record for the least number of questions answered: he got to the fourth question. Will some direction be given to Ministers so that we get more answers and less waffle?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: E-government Initiatives (27 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: The Programme for Government is committed to making 100% of key services available online. Does the Minister regard all the services provided to farmers by her Department as being key services, or are some areas excluded?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Wallace Day Centre, Lisburn (28 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: I thank Patricia Lewsley for bringing the matter before the House: I know that she has a particular interest in disability issues. The problems with learning disabled, and the Wallace Avenue day centre in particular have been ongoing in the Lagan Valley constituency for some time. Many of the problems outlined reflect the situation accurately. A society is judged by how it treats its most...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Wallace Day Centre, Lisburn (28 May 2002)

Edwin Poots: I am conscious of the wording of the subject of the debate. Some young people who attended the Wallace day centre have had to move to the Beeches unit because their families thought that the Wallace day centre was sub-standard. Therefore, the point that I made about the Beeches unit ties in with the subject of the debate because it affects people with learning disabilities in the Down Lisburn...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Future of Europe (5 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: The Committee of the Centre welcomes the motion on the Laeken declaration and the subsequent establishment of a Convention on the Future of Europe. The issue goes to the heart of how Europe will be organised and managed. The Committee therefore welcomes the proactive approach taken by the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister in assessing the views of the Assembly. It...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Reinvestment and Reform Initiative (10 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: Does the Northern Ireland Office wish to maintain the Maze Prison site for a while longer? If so, will the part of the site over which the Army had control become available immediately and will the other site become available later?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Planning Service Assessment (10 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: What is the backlog? What was the backlog three years ago? Has there been an improvement in reducing the backlog?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Senior Civil Service Review (11 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: It must be put on record that the elusive report has not been made available to Members — copies are neither in the Assembly Library nor in the Business Office. It is therefore difficult to discuss it. Nevertheless, I have some questions. The Minister referred to the dynamic swinging in the right direction. Between 1985 and 1999, the Civil Service has swung from 58·6% Protestant...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Incident at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education, Tower Street Campus (11 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: We all concur that such behaviour is unacceptable. I would highlight the difference in attitudes between the Minister for Employment and Learning and the Minister of Education when schoolchildren wearing their school uniforms were attacked in Strabane by so-called supporters of the Irish football team. When schoolchildren could not enter Londonderry city centre because they were wearing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Care of Special School Leavers (17 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: I thank Rev Dr William McCrea for tabling the motion. The issue is timely and must be discussed. There is little point in the House talking about existing problems unless action is taken to resolve them and to avert further hardship for the learning disabled. Several Members have said that they have close family members with learning disabilities. My eldest brother has had severe difficulties...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Resources (17 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: Can the Minister identify why there is 90% provision of pre-school nursery places in the Belfast Education and Library Board, yet some rural areas in the South Eastern Education and Library Board, particularly the Lagan Valley district, have only 25% coverage? Why were Fairhill Primary School, Riverdale Primary School and Ballycarrickmaddy Primary School — which is a newly opened school —...

Northern Ireland Assembly: TSN Criteria (18 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: Mr McHugh suggested that the motion has a sectarian background, which is strange coming from IRA/Sinn Féin. Perhaps he would like to comment on the Belfast Education and Library Board comment that "in order to deal with the complexity of identifying social disadvantage, alternative and additional indicators to the current Free School Meals indicator should be explored". He may accuse the DUP...

Northern Ireland Assembly: TSN Criteria (18 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: Other Members can say that the Minister is a bigot. People will make that judgement based on the work that he has done as a Minister and on the fact that he has not addressed the issue of social need in the controlled sector and has used every mechanism that he can to avoid it. I support the motion and oppose the amendment. Mr Gallagher, who moved the amendment, did not deal with any of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: TSN Criteria (18 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Rural Development Funding (24 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: 8. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps she has taken to ensure all rural constituencies benefit from rural development funding. (AQO 1646/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Rural Development Funding (24 Jun 2002)

Edwin Poots: I declare a relevant interest in this, although not a pecuniary one. I am sure that the Minister is aware that Lisburn Council failed in its bid to achieve LEADER funding and is, therefore, the only area in Northern Ireland that will not benefit from it. How does the Minister propose to assist the 1,000 farm holdings and the rural community in the Lisburn Council area? What assistance has her...


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