Results 101–120 of 5218 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the lecture on taxation. The only problem is that he told us about taking up ideas but did not come forward with any ideas himself. We will take a further look at the Member’s arguments. He talked about the Housing Executive — [Interruption]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: The Member talked about an increase. He assumes that the Minister for Social Development will impose a massive rent increase on the ordinary people of the Province but does not say what he wants the Housing Executive to do. He does not want the Housing Executive to raise rents, but he does not seem to mind having cuts in the Housing Executive budget.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I thought that that would be a simple question, so I was happy to give way. My party will look maturely at each situation and will consider the needs in each area. We will propose what we believe is right. Mr Close said that he had no doubt that if people were asked whether they wanted two more intensive care beds, they would be happy to put more money into the regional rate. If we said to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Alliance Party tell us that the 8% was wrong and that we should really have a 15% rise on the regional rate? I hear the Member for Lagan Valley (Mr Close) saying "Yes". Perhaps he is even saying "Yes" to 20%. Mr McCarthy is shaking his head. Yesterday he had a wish list the length of his arm of what he wanted the Executive to do. The reality — for Mr McCarthy’s benefit — is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I would be happy to return to six Departments and see the old Department of Environment split into two Departments, as the DUP proposed at the time. That would lead to better, more joined-up government. However, it was decided to spend more money then, and now there is less money to spend on housing, sewerage, roads, transport, and so on. I thank those who supported the new structures for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Languages (20 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Several weeks ago I raised the question of statements being made in the House in Irish which were not fully translated into English. You were to give a ruling on the matter. We received a rather inadequate excuse from the Minister involved, but we did not receive a ruling from you.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Public Expenditure (2000-01):  October Monitoring (20 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: The £1·5 million spent on the Shankill Road and the further £200,000 from the Department of Health to rehouse people in that area show the poison of paramilitaries in our society. They need to stand down. Good use could have been made of that money and social housing provided for people who need it. The victims originally asked for £500,000, and the £200,000 coming now is too little, too...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council:  Trade and Business Development (20 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: In case the Minister would mislead the House, can I ask him to indicate which part of the Belfast Agreement envisaged the setting up of the Trade and Business Development Body? From the annex to the agreement, it is quite evident that it was not envisaged. This body was set up as a result of the Ulster Unionist Party being prepared to give further concessions to Nationalism. The Minister also...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Roads Improvement: TSN Policy (20 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: It is interesting that the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee does not read the letters that he receives. Can the Minister confirm that in the current year’s proposals there is enough provision to start these roadworks? Can he also confirm that unless the budget is cut drastically by the Executive, there will be sufficient finance to complete these roads in years two and three?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Special EU Programmes: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (27 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister acknowledge that the £1·2 million being allocated from the Executive’s Budget would be better spent in actual programmes within Northern Ireland? Does he recognise that the cross-border element reduces the ability of areas not along the border to tap into that money? Is there not, therefore, an element of discrimination against areas such as Lagan Valley?

Northern Ireland Assembly: BSE (27 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that it was she who set a date of October 2000 to have the beef ban lifted, thereby misleading the agricultural community? When will the ban be lifted? She told the Assembly that it would be March 2001. Is it going to be October 2001, October 2002, or October 2003? Is she implying that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development did nothing during the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Citizenship: Teaching In Schools (27 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: One of the rules for good citizens is the upholding of law and order. Will the Minister of Education call on school leavers to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland as part of the practice of good citizenship?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social services and public safety: Nurses (D Grade) (27 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: 3. asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety if she will detail the percentage of nurses employed at D grade in Northern Ireland and what is the comparable figure for the rest of the United Kingdom. (AQO 354/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social services and public safety: Nurses (D Grade) (27 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: It is evident from the answer that we are paying nurses on the cheap in Northern Ireland, with 13% more nurses at D grade than in England. It is clear that that is one reason why so many nurses are leaving.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social services and public safety: Nurses (D Grade) (27 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Yes, there is. It is clear that that is one of the main reasons for the nursing crisis and for our having to import nurses from all over the world. What will the Minister do to ensure that nurses are rewarded fairly for the work that they do?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Economic Performance (28 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Dr McDonnell spoke about underpinning the peace. Perhaps he will help to underpin the peace by declaring that the SDLP will support the Police Service of Northern Ireland. SDLP Members should sit on the board of the Police Service rather than cling on to IRA/Sinn Féin or look over their shoulders at it. I welcome the fall in unemployment that has taken place over the past years. Last month...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Term-Time Workers (Education): Retainer Payment (28 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I support the motion. It is a matter that particularly affects my area, Lagan Valley, as it is concentrated in the South Eastern Education and Library Board area. There are a number of anomalies in the system, and these have been accepted by the boards. I would like to home in on the fact that staff signed contracts to do these jobs. They agreed to the terms before they took up the jobs. Let...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture:  North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (4 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: I noted in a previous answer to one of my Colleagues that the Minister referred to "British and Irish farmers in Northern Ireland". Perhaps she could give us a breakdown; my understanding is that they are all British subjects. The document says that a report on best practice is being prepared. Was there any discussion on worst practice? In particular, I would like to refer the Minister to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Brussels Office for Northern Ireland (4 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: Can the Deputy First Minister outline what contact there has been with the Northern Ireland Centre in Europe (NICE) about the creation of a one-stop shop? Also, will the office be for the use of Assembly Members, or only for Executive use?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture Industry (5 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development’s role is not an easy one. Although I always try to ask her difficult questions to extract information from the Department, I recognise that there was a crisis in the industry when she took on the position. Nonetheless, the Minister is responsible for leading the way. Her Department must come up with innovative and practical ways to help...

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