Results 5261–5280 of 5320 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Interestingly enough, the Chief Minister of Jersey indicated that cutting the power supply would not be a big issue for the people of Jersey, because they could just reactivate their coal-fired power station, which they were preparing to do. Of course, that would not be very good for the climate, because Jersey uses nuclear power that comes from France, but that would have been a decision...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thus far, young people have had limited effects from COVID-19. They have clearly been transmitters of it, however, and they can transmit it to people who are much more vulnerable. Therein lies a substantial part of the problem. The significance of the booster vaccination — the fact that our immunity can go from somewhere around 40% to well over 90% — was mentioned. I am glad that Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Northern Ireland is not less ambitious. We have taken scientific advice. If the Member wishes to reject that advice, that is a matter for the Member and whoever she can persuade. I tend to take the scientific advice. I also tend to take the advice of the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC), which advises Members on legislation and legislative processes, and it has described the Member's Bill...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Summit (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I do not know the exact details of the full-time complement of the secretariat, but I will be happy to get that information and provide it to the Member. I am sure that the Member will do his own work to identify the complement of the North/South secretariat.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Accelerated Passage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill proceed under the accelerated passage procedure.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Accelerated Passage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the opportunity to address the Assembly on this motion. I appreciate that the use of accelerated passage is not something to be sought routinely, and I do not usually do so. When taking forward draft primary legislation, my preference is to subject it to the full Committee procedure to ensure detailed clause-by-clause scrutiny. My decision to seek accelerated passage in this case is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Accelerated Passage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I appreciate the commentary from around the Chamber on this issue, and the widespread support for moving the Bill to its next stage. It allows us to engage in the process that will see it to its conclusion. I heard what the one Member who spoke negatively had to say, and I indicate to him that we had a crisis last year, in case he was not aware. That crisis led to staff not being in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Second Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill [NIA 45/17-22] be agreed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Second Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: This short Bill aims to provide enhanced welfare protection for Northern Ireland's service animals. Before I speak to its content, I will provide some background. Animals in Northern Ireland are provided with a range of substantial protections under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. The Act provides that it is an offence to cause an animal unnecessary suffering. Legislation...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Second Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank all the Members who participated in the debate. It was heart-warming to hear all the contributions and their strong support for the law. We are a nation of animal lovers, which is to our credit. The desire to have protections for animals is therefore a reasonable position for us to adopt. Sometimes, those things can be a bit conflicted, because, by protecting one animal, you may cause...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Moira Bypass (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: No worries, Mr Speaker. Everybody forgets about me, you know. [Laughter.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Moira Bypass (30 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you for calling me, in any event. I thank Robbie for bringing the debate to the House. It is a long time since my grandfather took his family to church in Moira on a pony and trap. My mother walked nearly 3 miles to the train station to get down to Belfast to work in the Civil Service. Moira has grown rapidly as a village since then, particularly over recent years. Unfortunately,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business — Executive Committee Business: Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (7 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the draft Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 be approved.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business — Executive Committee Business: Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (7 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: The current direct agricultural support schemes, which include the basic payment scheme, are worth over £293 million annually to farmers in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the regulations that I bring forward today is to implement improvements and simplifications to the rules governing the schemes. Earlier this year, the Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business — Executive Committee Business: Direct Payments to Farmers (Simplifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (7 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank Members for their commentary, which, by and large, was very positive. Mrs Barton is right: the regulations will tidy up the rules and ensure that there is no corruption of previous simplifications. That will help us to ensure that we can provide support to the agricultural community. She mentioned young farmers, and there are a number of areas that will assist greatly in that....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business — Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Final Stage (7 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill [NIA 20/17-22] do now pass.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business — Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Final Stage (7 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am pleased that the Bill has reached its Final Stage. I am grateful for the wide support that the Bill, which will amend the Horse Racing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990, has received during its passage through the Assembly. As Members will be aware, the 1990 Order provides for the horse racing fund. The fund is made up of a levy collected from bookmakers and is to be used to assist in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business — Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Final Stage (7 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: Once again, I thank the Members who have spoken today in support of this Bill. I thank the Committee for the work that it has done to facilitate its passage. As Ms Armstrong said, it is largely technical, but it ensures that an anomaly that was created has now been resolved. I trust that that will assist both of the racecourses. Question put and agreed to. Resolved: That the Horse Racing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Avian Influenza in Northern Ireland (14 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will make an urgent statement to the Assembly on the current avian influenza outbreak across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Epizootic diseases such as avian influenza are animal diseases that are not usually present in Northern Ireland. They have the potential to cause serious animal health, public health and economic consequences....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Avian Influenza in Northern Ireland (14 Dec 2021)

Edwin Poots: We are reliant on the Public Health Agency for advice on that issue. It has indicated that it is very rare for a human to contract the disease. There have been cases in the Far East; people who are in incredibly close contact with birds have managed to pick up the virus. It is less likely to be airborne and more likely to be associated with physical contact. Therefore, wearing gloves,...


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