Results 241–260 of 5320 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (25 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: I accept that you can leave the SDLP. You might not be able to leave the IRA just as easily, but you can leave the SDLP. Nevertheless, the fact that they had membership of the SDLP made their political allegiances quite clear. The Human Rights Commission did not have representatives from the Unionist community, nor did it have people who had previously been members of either of the main...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (25 Sep 2001)

Edwin Poots: Will the Member give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Waste Management Strategy (8 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: 3. asked the Minister of the Environment to detail progress to date on developing the waste management strategy. (AQO 247/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Waste Management Strategy (8 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: Given that the three sub-regional waste management strategies reflect the key objectives of the Northern Ireland waste management strategy, why has the Department of the Environment delayed its identification of generic education and public awareness programmes to support the implementation of the district council waste strategies. As a consequence, £1 million of funding to support the local...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Waste Management Strategy (8 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: I am aware that the Department of the Environment handed back £1 million. Why did the Department not proceed with the education plans at an early stage and bring the public on board with the waste management strategy?

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council: InterTradeIreland (9 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: The Minister’s statement declares that through work with, and through, existing agencies, the body’s strategic goals will be translated into a number of activities including the development of an all-island, or all-Ireland, business model and an electronic all-island, or all-Ireland, business directory. Does the Minister accept that he is wholly implementing the harmonisation aspects...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Livestock and Meat Commission (9 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: I support the report. However, part of our problem is that Northern Ireland beef producers cannot export. As has been highlighted, differences exist between the views of processors and producers. There is not as great a disparity between the producers and processors in other sectors of agriculture as there is in the beef sector, the reason being that since BSE the processors have been able to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Safeguarding Industries in Northern Ireland (9 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: I support the motion, and I recognise its import. To take it to its natural conclusion would mean providing more financial support for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, if that were called for. Last year’s Budget did not provide a significant increase in that Department’s budget, and the same is true of the current draft Budget. Those decisions were right at the time...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Hospital Beds (15 Oct 2001)

Edwin Poots: Is the Minister aware that the lack of adequate numbers of intensive care beds has led to one of our top consultant surgeons leaving the Province? There was not enough work for consultants, due to a shortage of beds after surgery. Does the Minister recognise that many patients who require cancer treatment are taken into wards and starved the night before they are scheduled to have their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Election of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (2 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I ask you to make a ruling on remarks made by Mr John Kelly during Mr McCartney’s speech, when he said, "What about the terrorists beside you?" I am not aware that either Cedric Wilson or Mr Dodds has ever been convicted of a terrorist offence, and I ask you to rule on that matter.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Election of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (2 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Will you study Hansard and rule further on the matter?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Budget Statement (5 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: I apologise for my poor attendance at this debate. I may be unable to stay because a school in my constituency has been threatened with closure, and there is a meeting about that tonight. The Committee of the Centre scrutinised the draft Budget at the beginning of October and has discussed several concerns with the junior Ministers. The concerns centred on the approach that the Office of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Re-designation Letters (12 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Have you been assured that Mr Ford’s stomach will be back in good working condition after his re-designation back to the centre?

Northern Ireland Assembly: September Monitoring Round (12 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: I welcome the additional £13·3 million allocation to the Health Service. However, does the Minister recognise the community’s concern that, despite the extra money that has been pumped into the Health Service, waiting lists are still growing? Has he asked the Health Service why those lists continue to grow, despite its additional income? I listened to the Minister’s comments on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Programme for Government (13 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: The Committee of the Centre sent its initial views on the Programme for Government to the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister in July, and the Committee’s detailed response to that office’s element in the draft programme was sent on 10 October. In July, the Committee agreed that the priorities set out in the Programme for Government were relevant and should not be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Programme for Government (13 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: I accept that that was a strategic decision taken on the basis of the advice that the Minister received from her Chief Veterinary Officer. She would have been foolish not to accept that advice. Similarly, a direct-rule Minister would have been foolish not to heed the advice of the Chief Veterinary Officer. However, the political punch was required this time last year when the opportunity —...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Draft Programme for Government (13 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I shall draw my remarks to a close. When the Minister had the opportunity to have the BSE ban lifted, she really needed to move and she did not. This time last year, there was an opportunity to have the BSE ban lifted. Farmers are still suffering as a consequence.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Review of Public Administration (26 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: Without prejudice to the outstanding court case, will the Deputy First Minister tell the House how much the review of public administration will cost; why no money was set aside in the draft Budget for the review if it is to start early next year; and why there has not been terms of reference established for the review? Those are crucial issues. When the 11 Departments were created by the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Arts and Leisure: Lagan Navigation (26 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: 7. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to provide an update on the report commissioned on the potential reopening of the Lagan navigation. (AQO 433/01)


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