Results 5121–5140 of 5218 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Carbon Capture and Storage Technology (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: There is the capture of emissions and the reduction of emissions. In the capture of emissions, we have our peatlands, our forests and our grasslands. We are doing work through the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Teagasc on our grasslands to identify what capture takes place there, particularly with older grasses and the roots as they go further into the soil, and how much...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farmers: Future Entitlements (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: A lot of the entitlements were based on farming activity between 2003-05 or 2005-07; it was in and around that period. We will probably have a new policy in 2022-23. Entitlements should be based on activity now, not on something that happened 18 to 20 years ago.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farmers: Future Entitlements (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: A lot depends on the House and how it wishes to cooperate. Obviously, I am keen to get a bespoke policy that may not suit every person but encompasses as many people as possible in a system that works for them. I will need the assistance of the Committee and, indeed, the House to deliver that. We should all work towards that, because we have a system that has been there for a while. Is it a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Councils: DAERA Pandemic Support (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: The support that has been given to councils has been substantial; in particular, financial support for waste management and through funding has been very substantial. I do not have the figures on me at the moment, but the support that has been provided through my Department to councils runs into tens of millions of pounds. I should add that, in the last year, most councils have been able to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Councils: DAERA Pandemic Support (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: Recycling rates have gone down slightly. That is unfortunate, but we hope to turn that around and arrest it. We continue to give considerable support to councils for recycling. We have a package set aside of £23 million for councils to install new bins and collection systems that will ensure higher levels of recycling. I was in County Fermanagh last week at Drummee, which is claiming a lot...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Driving Tests: Trailers (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: No, I have not, but I would support its removal. People need to have driven a vehicle for a period and to have had a bit of experience on the roads before they drive with a trailer. Most mature adults will, however, be capable of driving with a trailer.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Driving Tests: Trailers (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am loathe to say what the position is, because I have not had it printed out and clarified. The Infrastructure Minister may be best placed to respond to that question, but I will seek to identify the position. I will raise with the Minister the Member's question about our following suit and doing something similar.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Biomethane and Hydrogen Availability (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for his question. Northern Ireland can lead the hydrogen revolution that is needed to ensure that we have renewable energy sources that are close to home, sustainable and future-proofed. My Department works to encourage such opportunities. Having the capacity to produce 45% of our energy from renewable sources gives us tremendous opportunities to utilise that energy for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Biomethane and Hydrogen Availability (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the question. I have engaged with Wrightbus and look forward to seeing hydrogen used in not just our buses but our tractors, diggers and lorries. Hydrogen will eventually be a much better solution than electric cars; I have to be honest about that. We import a lot of materials that are mined in Africa in circumstances that may not be the most suitable. Hydrogen,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Minister for the Economy and I are acutely aware of the labour shortages facing the agri-food and haulage sectors. The debate has been remarkable, given what the parties that are doing most of the complaining have had to say previously. Before Brexit happened, we had all the predictions of great doom on the way: the economy would go into free fall, and unemployment would rise rapidly....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: Sorry; I will respond to this intervention first. I thank the Member for pointing out the reality that this is not purely about Brexit. The Members opposite have failed miserably in their attempts to spin this. In the Republic of Ireland, the Department responsible is conducting a review of non-EEA work permit systems. The mushroom sector is at breaking point when it comes to labour and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I love the interventions, to be perfectly honest. So, a shortage of 400,000 drivers in the European Union is an isolated incident. Let us get real here. You have come out of schoolboy politics into the real world, and it does not stack up if you say that a shortage of 400,000 drivers is an isolated incident. The Member mentioned the Agricultural Wages Board. For years, the Assembly has talked...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Labour Shortages (11 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: — I am very happy to support immigration on the basis of need.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy: Glenarm Forest (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to talk to the House about the recent accreditation of Glenarm Forest as Northern Ireland's first Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project, in which Northern Ireland will join a pan-Commonwealth network committed to saving one of the world's most important natural habitats: forests. The QCC is a unique global network of sustainable...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy: Glenarm Forest (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Forests can become monocultures and not assist biodiversity, and that is why we need things that will help develop biodiversity. As we seek to tackle climate change, it is important that we ensure that biodiversity goes hand in hand with that and that we have a wide range of biodiversity. For example, Northern Ireland has far more hedgerows than probably anywhere else in the world — it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy: Glenarm Forest (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Absolutely. His Royal Highness Prince Charles got a lot of criticism in the 1980s, but he was way ahead of his time on a series of issues. More recently, Prince William and Princess Kate led on the event that recognised things that people were doing to help our environment, and I was delighted that local people were identified for their work on renewable energies. We can be well placed,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy: Glenarm Forest (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: This is the first. We are capable of applying for more. It is not an easy thing to achieve, and a considerable amount of work therefore has to be done to ensure that we are successful. We have been successful with this one, and I am happy that that is the case. We will look positively at whether we can identify other places that may be suitable and then work with the royal household to bring...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy: Glenarm Forest (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have had a decent response from the councils, or some councils. I believe that Belfast City Council, for example, wants to plant one million trees, which would be hugely beneficial for the lungs of the city. I am supportive of the work of the councils. When it comes to streetscapes, DFI is obviously the lead Department, but, if there is anything that I can do to assist with such schemes, I...


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