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Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposals (2000-01) (15 Dec 1999)

Edwin Poots: I cannot see whether the Minister has a red briefcase, but I know that he has a red file, which is a good start. The Minister has set out a cost of £10 million against the 10 new Departments. That is a little less than the £90 million postulated by the Ulster Unionist Party’s financial whizz-kid, Jim Nicholson, but it is still a significant amount. The Minister also set aside...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Decommissioning (17 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: Given the Member’s comments on the 30-year-old papers, would it not now be appropriate to call for a public inquiry into the SDLP-inspired gun-running by the Irish Government?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Housing Executive Budget (17 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: Given the problems indicated in the finances of the Housing Executive, and the fact that over the past few years we have seen rent increases above the inflation rate, can the Minister assure the House that rent increases will be kept as close to inflation as possible?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister: TSN Action plans (24 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: I had some difficulty hearing the Deputy First Minister’s reply to Mr McGrady. I had intended to pursue the question of the Robson indices further. If one must wait until the year 2001 for the census, one needs some system to analyse deprivation now as opposed to waiting until then to draw up plans on the basis of the census figures, since current figures are already obsolete.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Pre-School Nursery Provision (25 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: I wish to talk about pre-school education, which is vital to many since almost 100,000 children are under the age of four. Education begins in the home, and in a child’s early days he or she has a keen ability to absorb material, to learn and to become educated. It has been proved in scientific tests that children whose parents stay at home do better in later years. It is believed that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Pre-School Nursery Provision (25 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: I understand that Lord Melchett was concerned at the low level of pre-school provision and announced the setting-up of an interdepartmental group to examine the matter. By 1999 his plans had obviously not come to fruition. However, by 1994 we had moved on from the days of Lord Melchett, and a policy of early-years provision for Northern Ireland was introduced. At that time the aim of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council Meeting (24/01/2000) (31 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: May I go back to the chairpersons’ nominations? These are powerful executive all-Ireland bodies. It is important that we deal with this. With reference to Martin Naughton’s nomination, was any cognisance taken of the fact that Glen Dimplex has such a poor record for employing Protestants in a particular area? As regards Bertie Kerr’s nomination to the Food Safety Promotion Board,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Rates: Halls (31 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel if he has any plans to derate Orange, Black, Apprentice Boys and Ancient Order of Hibernians halls. 4. (AQO 106/99)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: Rates: Halls (31 Jan 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Minister acknowledge that many of the local halls are the only halls that are available to communities? They are used for community activities such as playgroups, and to rate these on the same commercial basis as shops is extremely unfair to the small numbers of people who are trying to keep them open?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture Industry Crisis (1 Feb 2000)

Edwin Poots: I do not intend to concentrate on the agriculture industry’s problems — they have been well covered already. We are all aware of the £520 million farming debt and the fact that only 7% of farmers are under the age of 35. What we need are solutions. The Permanent Secretary is in the House, and although we do not know what the future of the Assembly will be he will still hold his...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture and Rural Development: European Union Payments (7 Feb 2000)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that the current rules governing the sheep meat regime actually work against farmers in Northern Ireland? The sheep annual premium is calculated on a European-wide basis, as opposed to a regional basis, and consequently farmers are losing £7 to £8 per head. Does she intend to support the Irish Government, who have already asked that the rules in the EU regime...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Main Estimates (2000-01), Supply Resolution and Appropriation Bill (5 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: I remind the Minister of the previous question asked by Dr McCrea about the council elections. Is sufficient funding being set aside next year for those elections, as the amount of money does not seem to take account of inflation? The Minister of the Environment was possibly one of the most mean-spirited Ministers during the 72 days of the Assembly prior to suspension. He did not spend any...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (5 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: Can the Minister enlighten us a little on the new non-statutory advisory body? There is already a substantial amount of money being expended on the North/South body itself. How much is this non-statutory advisory body going to cost? How many members will it have and who will they be? Is it going to be more jobs for the boys?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Equality (6 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: Madam Deputy Speaker, it is good to see you back in the Chair. This is an interesting debate, and it is interesting to see who has brought the equality issue forward. I shall touch a little on the equality schemes in the first instance. I have to concur with some of Mr ONeill’s remarks. Many of the responses have lacked clarity, particularly in relation to staff training, resourcing,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Equality (6 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: I have nothing to be cautious about, Madam Deputy Speaker. I can name the person he murdered. He happened to come from my constituency, and I went to school with his son. I have no problem in doing that, if it is the wish of the Assembly. I can understand that that Minister would, perhaps, like to portray herself as being a very green Republican in spite of the fact that some of the Sunday...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Equality (6 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: — to be seen to be more Republican than necessary, but she should not let that affect her dealings with the workforce. She should employ everybody on an equal basis.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Point of Order (12 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Two weeks ago, on Sunday night, Mr Ed McCoy was murdered in Dunmurry, which is in my constituency. BBC security sources are now indicating that the IRA was responsible. Given the commitment to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means in the pledge of office, I would like a ruling on how certain Ministers can continue to hold their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Food Safety and Health: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (12 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: A large part of this document concerns food safety. I should like to make it clear to the House today that the importance of food safety will be recognised in Northern Ireland. In that respect, will the growing incidence of BSE in the Irish Republic, which now far exceeds that in Northern Ireland, be raised with the food advisory body? Will the over-30-month cattle be banned from Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply (Northern Ireland Departments) (12 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: A number of Members said that there is not enough money in this budget. Of course, there never can be enough money in the budget, no matter how large it is. I am sure that Members could make demands of the Minister which would spend all that money. Nevertheless, there is some validity in that point, and a lot of it is down to the Barnett formula that sets the budget for Northern Ireland. As I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Dromore Bypass (19 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister for Regional Development to indicate when work is likely to commence on the Dromore bypass. (AQO 291/99)

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