Results 5201–5220 of 5320 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member asks a valid question. The commitment on the government estate has been made in the green growth strategy, and that is an Executive position, not a DAERA position. Therefore, it is for each Department to identify how best to do that in its area. The Department of Finance is responsible for the estate, and each Department has its own vehicles. Those will have to be changed to a new...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have been doing a considerable amount of work with our science division. We are also working closely with the universities and the agri-food sector to create a diamond in that sector. That diamond is about ensuring that we are involved not only in qualitative food production but in getting qualitative environmental results. In Northern Ireland, and, I have to say, in the Republic of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: My bid, which is almost complete, will probably be in the region of, or greater than, what the Member has just described, and it will be for Northern Ireland alone. It is not something that we view as requiring modest amounts to deal with. We have a major problem, and we need to address it. The Scots, for example, are investing some £250 million in peatlands. I think that their peatlands are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Probably in the very near future, I will share with people what the Climate Change Committee is anticipating will need to happen to achieve the 82% target and, indeed, the 100% target. The Member can then explain to the public, particularly the rural community, why he thinks that the 82% target should not be there. I think that it should be there and that we need to identify means of dealing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Again, that is a matter for the Infrastructure Minister. It is great that not all of the controversial decisions rest with me and that somebody else has to make some. I do not envy the Infrastructure Minister in dealing with those issues, but they need to be dealt with. The truth is that we put all of this stuff in a bin, the lorry pulls up in the morning and away it goes. That is it gone;...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have to make a wee confession to the Member. While in the early part of this millennium his party's former president was hugging trees, I was planting them. We will deal with conversions in due course. The Member is right, however: we need a just transition. We need to find a means of providing a just transition for farmers who live close to peatlands and who will, therefore, be challenged....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Just short of 10% of greenhouse gas emissions from farms comes from machinery. As we work with companies such as JCB, which is totally committed to hydrogen, we will see opportunities to move to vehicles that are powered mainly by hydrogen. Farmers will not be able to afford to buy new vehicles straight away, but, given the contracting that takes place, the shift will happen relatively...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Well, as one of the Departments that probably have investment in science and research that is considerably higher than 0·8% — I will get the Member the figure — realistically, we can move forward on a really positive future for Northern Ireland only if we invest in research and development. With science, innovation and technology, we will develop answers to address the problems that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member represents a rural community. The energy strategy is an important element of the work that is being done by the Department for the Economy. As I indicated, the strategy accounts for around 60% of emissions, so it is important that the Department gets that energy strategy right. The Department is close to the end of it. Hopefully, in the near future, you will be able to question the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: That is an issue for another Minister to deliver; I believe that that is the Minister for Communities. It demonstrates the importance of cross-departmental working. The Department of Finance, for example, is responsible for building regulations. The Department for Communities is responsible for housing. The Department for the Economy is responsible for energy, and we, of course, have an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: We need to look at every opportunity. I agree with the Member that we should take every advantage that exists for us. Northern Ireland was at the forefront of the industrial revolution, and Belfast was a hub. This place was thriving 120 years ago at the turn of the 20th century, and we can be a thriving hub once again through green technologies. Some people may deride that and say that it is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Over the next five years, my Department will bid for somewhere in the region of £0·75 billion for investment. Most of that will be capital. Much of it will create opportunities and jobs and, at the same time, tackle significant environmental problems here. That is the reality. That is why I have tried to spell out for people that this does not come without pain and investment. It will also...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: The reintroduction of species will be dealt with in the biodiversity strategy. The green growth strategy is about ensuring that we take the right steps environmentally to address a range of issues and, at the same time, allow our economy to grow. Some people might think that you cannot do both. I am absolutely confident that not only can we do both but we will do both because we have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Death of Austin Currie (15 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Austin Currie was a remarkable politician. He was, first and foremost, a very able politician, as demonstrated by the fact that he was a Minister in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You had only to listen to Austin Currie on the radio to know that he was an articulate politician. He spoke with great clarity and expressed his position remarkably well. He was also very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: First Stage (15 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to introduce the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill [NIA 45/17-22], which is a Bill to amend the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 in relation to service animals. Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (16 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move amendment No 1: In page 2, line 24, at end insert - "(1A) In Article 2(2) (interpretation), omit the definition of 'modify'." The following amendment stood on the Marshalled List: No 2: After clause 4 insert - "Transitional and supplementary provision   4A.—(1) Down Royal Park Racecourse Limited must submit a statement of its expenditure for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (16 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Before I speak on the amendments, I thank the Chairperson and members of the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee for their detailed and constructive scrutiny of the Bill and its aims thus far. I also thank the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC), legal advisers and officials in my Department for their work in getting the Bill to this key stage. I welcome the publication of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (16 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Before I turn to the proposed amendments, I will take the opportunity to respond briefly to some of the issues that have been raised. The Committee Chair raised the issue of a private limited company having access to the fund. The 1990 Order does not set any restriction as to the type of operation that may receive support from the fund. However, it does set out how the fund must be used in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Port of Larne (29 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Welfare checks on all animals moving through Larne port are conducted by a veterinary-led portal inspection team. In relation to imports, all farmed livestock are unloaded at approved facilities, where a detailed veterinary health and welfare assessment is completed before any onward travel is permitted. For other species, the same general rules apply to welfare checks. Those animals,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Port of Larne (29 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Were there welfare issues, my veterinarians — people who specialise in animal welfare — would be obliged to draw them to my attention, and they have not done that. If they have those issues, I am sure that they will draw them to my attention.


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