Results 41–60 of 5218 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Dromore Bypass (19 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the fact that the work is scheduled to commence in January 2001, as the project has already been delayed. Has consideration been given to incorporating the Milebush Road into the current proposal? That would further alleviate the traffic crossing the carriageway and would perhaps save more lives than the initial project will do.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Abortion (20 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: This is certainly a very appropriate debate. Judging by the number of people listening to it in the Strangers’ Gallery and the number of people who have put their names down to speak, it is obvious that it is a debate that touches people’s deepest emotions and their feelings about how things should be done in our country. I welcome Mr Wells’s bringing this motion before the House and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Northern Ireland Block Grant (26 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether the block grant from the United Kingdom Government has decreased in real terms over the past 10 years. (AQO 336/99)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Northern Ireland Block Grant (26 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Minister confirm that the so-called subvention we receive from the United Kingdom budget has been reduced over the past 10 years, with economic growth taking place year on year in Northern Ireland leading to a reduction in money paid out in unemployment benefits and social security?

Northern Ireland Assembly: European Union Programmes: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (26 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Minister indicate if discussions took place about the mechanism to be employed in the analysis of need, and will he confirm that the Robson index will not be used in distributing the Peace II money as it is now nine years old, completely outdated and has no relevance to the current situation? (Mr Deputy Speaker [Sir John Gorman] in the Chair)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Public Transport (27 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: This is an interesting debate, and I thank Mr Byrne for bringing it forward. Some Members seem to want to use this debate as a "whinger’s charter". I refer in particular to Mr Dallat’s very poor and inept contribution. He seeks to blame the Minister for the problems that the railways and roads have had over the years. We might as well blame Minister Rodgers for the BSE crisis,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Waterways (3 Jul 2000)

Edwin Poots: I would like to ask the Minister to state the basis on which we are employing an extra 70 members of staff and what impact that will have on the amount of money required by the Culture, Arts and Leisure Department to pay for that.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (3 Jul 2000)

Edwin Poots: It comes as no surprise that Mr Walsh TD is fully backing our case for low incidence BSE status. If I were sitting with one hundred times the cases of BSE that another country had, I would be backing its arguments for low incidence BSE status. It will help his case significantly. Since devolution, has the Minister at any point questioned the Irish Republic’s Minister about BSE cases? Does...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Water Supply: Cryptosporidium (11 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: As a public representative for the Lagan Valley and Lisburn Borough Council areas, where most of the contamination occurred, I have had to deal with angry constituents — elderly people as well as those with young children — who have been infected by cryptosporidium. The extent of the community’s anger at the fact that their water system could be contaminated in this way should not be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Environment:  North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (11 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Was there any discussion surrounding the major accident hazards directive? This is an EU directive which applies to all EU countries, but it has not been fulfilled by some, including the Irish Republic, which was supposed to fulfil it one year ago. We share the same waters and air space, so if there were a major accident in the Irish Republic, it could have a significant impact on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fuel Costs (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Is the Member aware that about three quarters of a billion litres of the fuel used here is bought outside the Province, with a loss to the economy of about £460 million? The high-taxation policy is detrimental to jobs and reduces the amount of revenue that is raised in the Province.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of first minister and deputy first minister: Civic Forum (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Can the First and Deputy First Ministers confirm that a selection list for the 18 community representatives has already been drawn up, that that list is biased against the Unionist community, and that representatives of the gay and lesbian community have been given equal status to those representing older people, youth and women? Can they also confirm that the Irish language has been included...

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Environment: Planning (Human-Rights Law) (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister of the Environment if he is satisfied that the current system of planning and appeals in his Department will meet the requirements of the proposed new human-rights legislation. (AQO 9/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Environment: Planning (Human-Rights Law) (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Is the Minister aware that a case has already been taken against the Scottish Executive under the human rights legislation, and that that case was lost by the Scottish Executive? The situation in Northern Ireland is that the Planning Service can overrule the decisions of the Planning Appeals Commission. Does he believe that in that situation, human rights legislation will rule against this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fuel Costs (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: This is a very timely debate and I thank the Members who brought it forward. We have to understand how we arrived at this situation. The policy of this Government and the previous Government was to introduce a fuel escalator. The escalator was allegedly to encourage less people to use private transport and more people to use public transport. Mr McGrady indicated that it was the Conservative...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Washington Visit of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (25 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: The statement by the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister suggests that our views on police reform were put to the President. Was that view a concerted one, or, as the press has reported it, were two disparate points of view put forward in something that was more like a schoolyard squabble than the dialogue of statesmen? I want the First and the Deputy First Ministers to apologise to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Civic Forum (25 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Did the Orange Order make nominations to the Civic Forum? Were any of its nominations taken up? It seems strange to me that, in spite of the fact that there was to be equality in the Civic Forum and a cross-community element, one of the largest — probably the largest — organisation in the Protestant community has been snubbed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Extra Exchequer Funding (25 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Deputy Speaker. Is it reasonable to exclude Mr Close’s question, given that the Minister of Education was to answer questions first? Mr Close was, therefore, not entirely at fault for not being in the Chamber.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Retail Outlets (2 Oct 2000)

Edwin Poots: I am in an unusual situation today in that I have some sympathy with what Mr Dallat had to say. The motion, as it stands, is not acceptable, but the general idea behind it was good enough, and I certainly have a lot of sympathy with it. I go to towns in my own area, like Dunmurry or Dromore, which were once vibrant shopping towns. Once many people would have been seen during the day going in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Retail Outlets (2 Oct 2000)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for a further example of the motion’s inadequacy. We should also look at the rates charges of many large retailers. A key advantage of the larger developments is the superabundance of available parking. If someone wishes to go shopping in Belfast city centre during the day he will come back to his car with a bill of £10 or £12. In other towns around the Province it...


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