Results 181–200 of 5135 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: That demonstrates the desperation of those who are trying to undermine me and have been sitting on my Bill from 24 March. My paper has been with the Executive since 24 March. I will provide the Executive with a full copy of the Bill so that they have absolutely no excuse for not moving it forward. The legislation is there, and it will go before the Executive. That legislation has been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Bill that we introduce will have targets and will identify where those targets can be achieved. Northern Ireland has made substantial progress on transport and energy and can make substantial progress on agri-food. Farmers and the agri-food sector have bought in to doing this. Cranswick pork factory, for example, is operating a net zero plan. People are totally committed to achieving...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: We did not take on Peter Kendall to do work and then for us not to give due regard to his recommendations. He comes with an excellent track record, and I expect that his report will be of a high standard. It would, therefore, be foolish of us, having commissioned such a report, not to pay attention to what is in it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am absolutely committed to this country — the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland — reaching net zero by 2050. I am absolutely committed to Northern Ireland making its contribution, as recommended by independent experts on climate change.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: There is a lot of truth in what the Member says. The problem for Sinn Féin, however, is that the issue probably impacts on the farming community that it represents more than on any other, because it is more likely to impact on hill farms and marginal land. The land that will have the lowest carbon footprint will be the lowlands. Sinn Féin talks a lot about hill farmers and people who...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have secured an initial allocation of £5·5 million — £2·5 million resource and £3 million capital — for the 2021-22 tackling rural poverty and social isolation programme, which will support a range of interventions that are consistent with the programme’s objectives and intended outcomes of the TRPSI framework. I recently approved the 2021-22 TRPSI programme action plan, which...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategies to Protect Peatlands and Woodlands (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for reiterating his point.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategies to Protect Peatlands and Woodlands (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Will the Member support me in seeking to allow oak trees to be imported from Great Britain once again? They are currently banned under the protocol.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategies to Protect Peatlands and Woodlands (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: A significant wildfire started in the Mourne Mountains on Friday 23 April and lasted until Sunday 25 April. I visited the scene on Saturday 24 April and saw at first hand the invaluable role of our emergency services. I took the opportunity to speak to the personnel at the site and saw up close the extremely difficult terrain and the challenging conditions in which they had to work. I also...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategies to Protect Peatlands and Woodlands (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: At this moment in time, anybody burning is breaking the law. From mid-April — I will consider bringing that date forward — they are breaking the law and should be prosecuted. I have raised the issue with NIEA, which has that responsibility. When I was visiting the Mournes, I was taken to a site at Tollymore where an extensive fire had taken place. It extended into other property and did...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Strategies to Protect Peatlands and Woodlands (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am glad that the Member mentioned the Minister for Infrastructure. Mr Wells raised a number of points about planning, extracting peat and so forth, but those questions should not be directed to me. They should be directed to the Minister for Infrastructure. I encourage him to lobby that Minister on the issues that he raised. I am not sure what time I have left, so I will move on. Planting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member knows that the protocol per se is not acceptable to the Minister. We will do everything that we can, politically and legally, to ensure that we find ourselves in an acceptable position. An acceptable position is one that does not have blockages between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The protocol is bad for the economy. It is bad for consumers. It is bad for agriculture....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: That has always been a saying. I heard it in the quarries and from the builders. When farming is doing well, we are all doing well. I want to ensure that farming does well and that we continue to invest in progress. I know that the Member worked for many years in some of the leading facilities and was involved in cutting-edge work, making the plants capable of being competitive and ensuring...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: AFBI cannot currently do accredited research into beef because its facilities have become so poor. The development will make a difference to AFBI by enabling it to do that research into beef, which can then be sold across the world. AFBI is recognised across the world for the quality of its work. Some of its work on grass seed, for example, has led to it receiving royalties from significant...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The focus of this is on education and training in the area of agri-food, so the focus is not on diversification. I recognise the importance of diversification. That will be carried out in other ways. I recognise the importance of rural tourism and of getting that up and running again. I hope that the Executive will make the right decisions over the next number of days and enable people to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Absolutely. Given that the current buildings were developed, I think, in the 1950s or 1960s, they are not fit for purpose in terms of environment nowadays and would have to be retrofitted, which would be hugely expensive. It is much better to build from scratch to improve what is on offer. I recognise that that needs to be done. I also recognise that the new beef facilities will be developed...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have a close working relationship with young people. Last week, I provided support to the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster, which do a tremendous job. That is not just people from farming backgrounds but people who have an interest in rural affairs. Many of the people who engage in the Young Farmers' Clubs, for example, are young people from an urban background who absolutely love the rural...


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