Results 141–160 of 5278 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Garda Síochána (30 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I was referring to specific cases, as opposed to individual gardaí who were allegedly involved. Although I have names, I was not going to go down the route of naming those people. A senior gardaí officer has been appointed to examine some of these cases. I find that strange because when a senior member of the RUC is appointed to investigate a case, that is not good enough. In the case of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Children’s Commissioner (30 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: With regard to the last comments, it is unacceptable that there is no Minister present in the House to respond. There are four Ministers in that Department, and it is not good enough that none of them can give the time to respond to the issue. I ask the Business Committee to examine that. Many debates cannot be heard in the Assembly because Ministers are not available. Ministers are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Children’s Commissioner (30 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Members for their contributions. I think that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet. I ask the Business Committee to look at this in general, because there is a problem with all Ministers not being available to respond to the different motions coming forward on various issues. The fact that there are four Ministers in this Department, yet not one of them is available,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Traffic Congestion (Ballynahinch) (30 Jan 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does my hon Friend accept that that does not only affect the residents of the Down District Council area? I represent the neighbouring constituency of Lagan Valley, and many people from my constituency travel through Ballynahinch to reach the services that are available in the Down district, particularly in Downpatrick where there is a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency office, an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: ‘All Truth Is Bitter’ (Report) (5 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. As the individual who raised this matter, I should point out that I asked the Business Committee to look at the situation where Executive Ministers had difficulty attending sittings of the Assembly at any time.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Environment: Areas of Special Scientific Interest (5 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: 14. asked the Minister of the Environment to outline the steps he is taking to give greater protection to areas of special scientific interest. (AQO 675/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Civic Forum (6 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: I am speaking as a Member of the legislative Assembly and not as Chairperson of the Committee of the Centre. This motion was never presented to the Committee, so members had no opportunity to give their views on it. It is, however, good to see the Junior Minister, Mr Nesbitt, with us — [Interruption].

Northern Ireland Assembly: Civic Forum (6 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: Yes, I can confirm to Mr Robinson that this matter was never brought before the Committee of the Centre. Obviously, the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister thought it more important to take the issue to the Civic Forum than to bring it to the public representatives who are supposed to be scrutinising that Office. As I have said, it is good to see the Junior Minister, Mr...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Civic Forum (6 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: Yes, there might be another 10 votes for the Women’s Coalition. During the talks process a number of these parties realised that in a normal election they would not be returned, so they decided to introduce a fallback position, which is the Civic Forum. Mr Ervine, in his 10-minute speech — if you could call it a speech; it was more bluster and codswallop — made a lot of noise but...

Northern Ireland Assembly: BSE Tests (12 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: Given that this is a relatively new test, how confident can the Minister be of its accuracy? Can the Minister indicate how many cattle were slaughtered in Northern Ireland for human consumption in 2000? Perhaps we can take the positive elements from this matter. The Minister mentioned that 2,500 animals were tested, and of those, 54 were positive. None of those animals was under four years...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Public Expenditure: December Monitoring (12 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. First, you called two Members of the Ulster Unionist Party consecutively. When calling Members to speak, I understood that you had to do so on the basis of how they were aligned when they were elected to the House. You called Mr Weir and then Mr Hussey. That removed the opportunity for other parties to have their full allocation. Secondly, perhaps you...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply: Spring Supplementary Estimates (2000-01) and Vote on Account (2001-02) (19 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: I congratulate the Minister on the delivery of his speech. He outlined how the money is to be spent, clearly and concisely, and I appreciate that. Almost £8 million has been added to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s budget, of which more than £1 million is to be allocated to capital spending on libraries. That means that £2·5 million is to be spent on library provision....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Police Board (19 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does the First Minister acknowledge that the delay in establishing the Police Board is leading to a situation where the most vulnerable in society are under threat as a result of the hundreds of police officers currently leaving the force and not being replaced?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment: North/South Gas Pipeline (26 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister believe that it is feasible to have both a north-west pipeline and a pipeline that goes to the south-east with a North/South interconnector? If he does not believe that that is feasible, what is his preference? With regard to the value to the economy and the numbers of people using it, the south-east pipeline would be perceived by people living in that area as being of equal...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment: Skill Shortages (26 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: 9. asked the Minister of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment to detail what areas of skill shortage he has identified and to outline the steps he is taking to address them. (AQO 880/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment: Skill Shortages (26 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Deputy Chairperson of the Higher and Further Education Committee for answering the first part of my question. Does he recognise that the greatest barrier to eradicating unemployment in Northern Ireland is not an unwillingness among investors to come into the Province? Rather, it is the fact that they cannot get people who are skilled to do the job. What does he intend to do to get...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Security Forces: Alleged Collusion with Loyalist Paramilitaries (27 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: I support the amendment. The motion brought forward by Sinn Féin/IRA is ludicrous, because if the level of collusion that is alleged to have happened had really taken place, the whole lot of them would have been wiped out years ago. That is the reality. If what these people told us was true they would have been cleared of years ago. They would not be about. The fact of life is that the level...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Public Transport (Weather Conditions): Foot-and-Mouth Disease (27 Feb 2001)

Edwin Poots: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Can you clarify whether the Member is correct when he says that foot-and-mouth disease is now present throughout the United Kingdom? So far as I am aware, it is only in Great Britain and has not reached this part of the United Kingdom yet.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Energy (5 Mar 2001)

Edwin Poots: Can OFREG take into account the fact that oil prices have now fallen since NIE made the initial announcement of a 9% price rise? Given that the price of oil is not what it was when the initial announcement was made, can that not now be revised downwards? When will the Minister be in a position to decide whether or not to give the go-ahead for Orimulsion for Kilroot? Will the North/South...


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