Results 121–140 of 5218 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Reinstatement of Guardsmen Fisher and Wright (5 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Housing Executive Tenants: Debt (11 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: 9. asked the Minister for Social Development to detail the debt of Housing Executive tenants for each of the last three years. (AQO 453/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Housing Executive Tenants: Debt (11 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for his response. I am not surprised that it indicates an upward trend. Will the Minister take that into account when determining the new rent and rates rise that will be levied on those who rent Housing Executive properties? It is evident that as more and more people are now in low-paid employment, they have more difficulties in paying their Housing Executive debt.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Coats Barbour: Job Losses (11 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: The size of the company makes this a serious blow to the local economy. What investment has IDB made in Barbour Campbell Threads? Does the Minister know how many jobs will be available when the new centre of excellence is created?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Revised Budget (2001-02) and Public Expenditure (2002-03 and 2003-04) (12 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: I would like the Minister to clarify an item in the table entitled "Increases to Allocations to Departments and EPFs from Draft Budget" on page 9. It shows that the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment will receive an additional allocation of £2 million and an extra £4.5 million for EU programmes. The total shown is £1 million. I note that the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Aggregates Tax (12 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Aggregates Tax (12 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: I do not think so. We live in the European Union, which is an area of free trade. In this case, if the UK Government were to introduce a tax on aggregates coming into the United Kingdom, other countries could take the United Kingdom up for creating unfair trade within the European Union. Is there a case for the quarry people who manufacture the aggregates to take a case against their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget (2001-02) (18 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: I listened intently to the last Member. I am sure that Mr Lenin and Mr Stalin would have been proud of him: he creates more jobs by creating more bureaucracy. He thinks that making more jobs for civil servants is real job creation. However, it has been pointed out for years that Northern Ireland relies too heavily on the public service sector and that more opportunities should be created in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Languages: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (19 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: Is it in order for the Member for Strangford to describe constituents in Northern Ireland as tribes?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Languages: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (19 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: First, can the Minister tell the House what party and what council Mr Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin represents? I know what his replacement represents, but I am not sure if Mr Ó Súilleabháin represents Istanbul city council. Perhaps the Minister can inform us. As for the £7 million allocation, can the Minister tell us how much of that comes from the Northern Ireland Budget? Does he agree...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Economic Development Agencies (19 Dec 2000)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the Minister’s statement, particularly the point about putting more emphasis on getting the job done and reducing bureaucracy, and everybody would welcome that. Further to that, can the Minister outline the efficiency that would result from the amalgamation of the agencies? Will he also tell us about ongoing developments with local authorities? The Minister talks about doing this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Electronic Communcations Bill: Second Stage (15 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank Junior Minister Haughey for bringing this Bill before the House on behalf of the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister. The House will generally welcome the main principles of the Bill. In November the Committee of the Centre considered the Bill’s policy issues and agreed with the need for this legislation to be brought forward. It will bring us into line with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Skill Shortage: Schools: Capital Spending (16 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I intend to speak for people who do not seem to have much of a voice nowadays — namely, the low-to-middle income families in the Province. We hear a lot about targeting social need and those on the lowest incomes. Many resources have been geared towards helping such people. However, there is another group of people who are employed on low incomes. One partner may have a part-time job. They...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Transport: North/South Ministerial Council and British-Irish Council Meetings (22 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: Can the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister explain why they failed to raise the issue of tax on people flying within the United Kingdom at the British-Irish Council meeting? If they did raise the matter it is not in the report. Can they also indicate when the next meeting of the British-Irish Council is to take place? Is the fact that tomorrow’s meeting has been postponed not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Public Expenditure: December Monitoring (22 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the additional £600,000 for historic buildings grants, as that will lever more money from the heritage lottery fund for Northern Ireland. How much money is being spent on planning compensation? How much money has been set aside for the Irish-medium education trust fund? Given the state of school buildings in the controlled sector, there is a lot of concern in my community that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Northern Ireland National Stadium (22 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what consultation he has had on the development of a national stadium for Northern Ireland. (AQO 568/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Northern Ireland National Stadium (22 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for his response and particularly for his final words: "location and accessibility will be key considerations." I assume that consideration will be given to locating a national stadium in an area outside Belfast. Can the Minister inform the House if he has had any consultation with the developers of the proposed Lagan Park, which the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society may...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Standing Orders (29 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: The Committee of the Centre welcomes the opportunity to be able to conduct its business more efficiently, as a result of the Standing Orders being amended. The situation was, indeed, an anomalous one, in that the Committee could not deal with issues coming from the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister without a motion being put before the Assembly.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Children’s Commissioner (29 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I give a general welcome to the proposal. Some time ago, I went to table a motion in regard to this matter, only to find that on the previous day the Alliance Party had tabled one, which was worded virtually the same as mine. Although I did not get to put my motion down, I welcome the thrust of today’s statement. Bearing in mind that there will be a consultation process and, therefore, that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Garda Síochána (30 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: It is interesting to speak after the previous Member. The Member often speaks for Sinn Féin/IRA. They appear to have difficulty getting Members to speak. The Member from Mid Ulster seems to be the spokesman on everything and the expert on nothing. I support this motion. It is important that the public’s attention be directed towards this matter. Many people, particularly in the Nationalist...


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