Results 261–280 of 5320 for speaker:Edwin Poots

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

Edwin Poots: I welcome the news that the report will come out at the end of the month. Can the Minister assure the House that he will seek funding to assist the local authorities in the reopening of the Lagan navigation? Will he support a measure to give the local authorities vesting powers in situations where it is difficult to release land?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Grading (Meat Plants) (26 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: 8. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the potential benefits of having meat plants carrying out grading. (AQO 431/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Grading (Meat Plants) (26 Nov 2001)

Edwin Poots: First, it is a disgrace that the Minister has not made a statement on the statement made last week to the House. Secondly, I do not assume that the Minister has made any decisions on whether meat plants should be grading or not. I have asked the Minister to outline the potential benefits. I can see the potential downside. The question still sits before the Minister.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Revised Budget (2002-03) (3 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: I will not take Alban’s job just yet, Mr Speaker. We all welcome the funding that has been put into health. We cannot sniff at 37% over three years. We need to see that being delivered; we need to see the waiting lists being cut and bed blocking eradicated. Social funds must be freed to deliver better health care than we have at present. I would like the Minister to ensure that there is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: European Union Strategic Policy Document (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister when the strategic policy document on the European Union will be available. (AQO 500/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: European Union Strategic Policy Document (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: The Department’s own corporate plan suggested that the strategic policy document would be ready in July 2001. In response to the Committee of the Centre, the Department indicated that the document would be ready by autumn 2001. We are now told that it will be ready in January 2002, almost six months behind schedule. Can the Minister assure the House that the document will be ready by that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Dromore Underpass (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister for Regional Development what progress has been made on the proposals for an underpass to the A1 dual carriageway at the Hillsborough Road junction, Dromore. (AQO 499/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Dromore Underpass (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: The inhabitants of Dromore, and those who regularly use that junction, will be disappointed that a public inquiry must take place. An 84-year-old woman was recently killed crossing the junction; it is a death trap. Will the Minister tell the House how many objections were received, and the nature of those objections? I understand that several of them were environmental objections that would...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Statutory Best Value Regime (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: 7. asked the Minister of the Environment what consultation he has had with his ministerial counterpart in the National Assembly for Wales on the benefits of a statutory best value regime. (AQO 498/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Statutory Best Value Regime (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: I hope that, after his consultations with his Welsh counterpart, the Minister will take this issue seriously and reconsider the process of introducing statutory best value to Northern Ireland, which he is currently engaged in. The Bill appears to be inappropriate at this time, and it does not have the support of the local authorities or the unions that represent those working in local...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Programme for Government (10 Dec 2001)

Edwin Poots: In answer to my question of 3 December on the state of forward planning in relation to the review of public administration and the children’s commissioner, Mr Durkan indicated that he had previously responded to questions about these matters. That is correct, but it does not mean that the responses were adequate. He should not therefore be surprised that I will be returning to those...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Domestic and Non-domestic Regional Rate (14 Jan 2002)

Edwin Poots: 5. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel to indicate the income derived for each percentage point above the rate of inflation added to the domestic and non-domestic regional rate. (AQO 553/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Domestic and Non-domestic Regional Rate (14 Jan 2002)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that the current means of raising revenue through rates is a very broad brush and hits those who are most vulnerable in society? By raising the rate by 7%, as opposed to 3%, the Minister is gaining only an additional £4·5 million for his overall Budget of around £6 billion. However, it hurts many older and working-class people, who must put up with a 2% or 3%...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Hillsborough Primary School: Capital Development (15 Jan 2002)

Edwin Poots: A year has passed since the Assembly debated the capital schools programme budget. During that debate the Minister made complimentary remarks about the contribution that I had made. Some people described that as a kiss of death. However, I am still here. I am not particularly concerned about how the Minister describes what I have to say today — whether he finds it good, bad or indifferent...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: Grants to Potato Processing Plants (21 Jan 2002)

Edwin Poots: What grants have been paid to potato producers, as opposed to potato processors? In the border counties of the Irish Republic, farmers are often paid around £5·8 million. That is making competition much more difficult here. Can the Minister say what money has been paid to Northern Ireland farmers?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Local Government (Best Value) Bill: Consideration Stage (4 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: I support the Bill as amended. I am pleased that we have reached this stage and that we are in a position where the Committee and the Department are singing from the same hymn sheet and agreeing on this. As a district councillor, I should declare an interest in the matter. One of the original concerns was that councils would be laden down with paperwork and would not be able to deliver best...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Local Government (Best Value) Bill: Consideration Stage (4 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: It might be a challenge for Antrim, but I am sure that other councils would have no problem filling considerably more than two sides of an A4 sheet. Nevertheless, I welcome the progress that has been made. Perhaps it will send a signal to Ministers and Departments that they must take notice of what Committees say and do. The Bill, as it stood, did not have the support of local authorities,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Equality Impact Assessment (Antrim/Knockmore Line) (4 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Minister for Regional Development what assessment he has made of the number of passengers using the Antrim/Knockmore line following the equality impact assessment carried out in November 2001. (AQO 762/01)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: Equality Impact Assessment (Antrim/Knockmore Line) (4 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: Will the Minister say how much it costs, per annum, to run the Antrim to Knockmore line and what efforts he has he made to secure the funding to maintain this line and not have it mothballed?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — The environment: Planning Applications: Backlog (4 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: 2. asked the Minister of the Environment what progress has been made on reducing the backlog of planning applications. (AQO 737/01)


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