Results 181–200 of 5218 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The Environment: Irish Hare (2 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister agree that it is unacceptable to the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland that the catching of hares, an endangered species, still takes place? Hares are taken to contained sites, chased by greyhounds that happen to have muzzles on them, and are not necessarily returned to the places from where they were caught in the first instance. Given that the Department is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does the Member consider Slobadan Milosevic to be a victim?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Outside this Chamber, an organisation cannot be defamed, but individuals in the organisation can. Mr Wilson mentioned organisations — not Members in the Chamber.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: The House is fairly empty, but I am sure that it will fill up during my speech, not because of what I will say but because people will be returning from lunch. I am glad that Mr Nesbitt has been here throughout the debate. I have criticised him on previous occasions, so it is only right that I should note his presence today. However, I must apologise, as I have to leave later this afternoon....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: Do not worry, Mr Deputy Speaker; at certain points my voice will rise to the occasion. There are three sources of funding for victims’ groups. It is important to bring those sources together in a common, identifiable body where victims can access funding. That has been a problem in the past. Different groups have administered different funds, but victims’ groups — and victims who do not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for his intervention, and I fully agree with him. The man who carried out the Shankill bombing murdered 10 people – nine of them innocent — and I think he served six years and three months. The period was not commensurate with the crime committed, but he was released as a result of the Belfast Agreement. Can you imagine having an archive that included the people who...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Victims: Peace II Programme (3 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for his intervention. I point out to him that during the Holocaust an archive was drawn up, and it would have been wholly inappropriate to put Adolf Hitler’s grandchildren into it — had he had any. You cannot put the perpetrators of the crimes into the same category as the innocent who died during the troubles. That principle also applies to their families. That issue...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture (Foot-and-Mouth Disease): North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (23 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: Bearing in mind that the discussion was solely on foot-and-mouth disease and that the disease was brought in through smuggling, was that issue discussed at the North/South meeting? Were the issues of herds with alarmingly large numbers of twin births in the Irish Republic and of dealers who buy large amounts of calves and cattle into their herds, which subsequently disappear, discussed? Was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council: Special EU Programmes (23 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for making available the communiqué. The communiqué from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was not available when I called into the Library. Sometimes they are more revealing than Ministers’ statements. It should also be noted that the all-Ireland council meetings are moving full steam ahead, following a slight blip when the Ulster Unionist Party...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council: Special EU Programmes (23 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: Yes. My question relates to the moneys that will be allocated to the cross-border element of the European programme. Will the Minister guarantee that that money will be better distributed than it was in the first round? Can he assure the House that the Unionist community, which I represent, will not be discriminated against? Given the demographics of Northern Ireland, North/South funding is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Lagan Valley Hospital A&E Department (23 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is it not in order for you to step in when it is clear that the Minister is filibustering to avoid later questions?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Peace II Money: Distribution (23 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel if it is his intention to ring-fence Peace II money to ensure equitable distribution. (AQO 1301/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Peace II Money: Distribution (23 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: I am not sure what question the Minister was answering, but he did not address the issue of ring-fencing the Peace II money. Clearly, that was a problem with Peace I. Where money was ring-fenced, it was more equitably distributed. Is it the Minister’s intention to ensure that Peace II is ring-fenced so that the Unionist community can get a piece of the cake and not just the crumbs that it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission: North/South Ministerial Council (30 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: It is notable that this is the third report within two weeks of an all-Ireland Council meeting that has been attended by the Ulster Unionist Party. The report mentions a proposal that "a review of the grading and salary of field staff posts be undertaken as a matter of urgency." The communiqué talks of the review of the Loughs Agency’s staffing and structure being postponed for six months...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission: North/South Ministerial Council (30 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: I am talking about the number of field staff.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Executive Office in Brussels (Cost) (30 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister to detail the final cost of setting up the Executive office in Brussels. (AQO 1333/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Executive Office in Brussels (Cost) (30 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: What was the initial estimated cost for this job, and what process was undertaken to obtain prices for the work? What is the difference between the initial and the current estimates?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Rivers (30 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: 9. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline his Department’s role in ensuring rivers are free from debris. (AQO 1334/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Rivers (30 Apr 2001)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister accept that rivers full of polythene bags and other household debris are not acceptable to either tourists or anglers? Will he endeavour, along with the other statutory agencies, to ensure that mechanisms are put in place so that rivers are cleaned on a regular basis, not on a very occasional basis?


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