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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I recognise that the movements of people who engage in animal cruelty can be very fluid. Establishing a register in the first instance would be very positive, and the ability to share that register with others would also be a positive move, whether on this island or throughout the entirety of these islands.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: That needs further thought. The register should certainly be available to dog wardens and to people who look after the well-being of animals and monitor compliance. Therefore, the register should be available to veterinary services, dog wardens, police and other bodies. Whether it is made totally available to the public will not be in my hands. That will be a consideration in discussion with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I reiterate that the protocol is unacceptable and unworkable, as was recognised in the House yesterday, even by those who previously wanted rigorous implementation of it. The movement of pedigree cattle is yet another example of how the protocol disadvantages Northern Ireland farmers. The movement of livestock, including pedigree cattle, from Northern Ireland to Great Britain for agricultural...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I cannot see how it is the best of both worlds. I see how we could have the best of both worlds, but this is not it, it cannot be it and it will not be it. Therefore, I encourage colleagues from the other side of the House to recognise that and to start to work in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland, irrespective of their views on Brexit. We are now in the circumstance that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member talks about folly, and, for quite a number of years, he has decried the House and the Northern Ireland Executive. If we do away with the House and the Northern Ireland Executive, we then take our executive authority from Westminster.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I remind the Member that this is Westminster policy, not Northern Ireland Executive policy. This is Westminster policy that has been imposed on Northern Ireland, and the Member knows that very well because he tested it in court, where he lost his case.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: We will not win this battle by going on the streets, by violence or by anything else. We will win this battle by good politics, and that is what I have engaged in: good politics. If we win this battle, it will be through qualitative politics, not through people shouting and carping from the sidelines.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: Again, the Member seems to whitewash actual fact. The protocol was to have been about protecting the single market, so perhaps the Member, when he is on his feet and has the opportunity — he will not have the opportunity now — can enlighten us as to what danger is caused to the European Union single market for a breeder to take a bull or a heifer to Scotland to sell and, if it does not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I commend the fella — Mr McGlone, I should say — on getting the name right today. Yesterday, I think he called him "some fella". I commend him. It is always good to be respectful and courteous about people even when you disagree with their point of view. I have engaged with Lord Frost on a number of occasions. I hope that Lord Frost has taken on board the issues that I have raised with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Cattle: NI to UK Movement (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: My vets have been engaging extensively on that issue. We were hopeful of a resolution by now. A resolution for veterinary issues is on the table; it is now up to politicians to decide to go with that. However, the impact is that 97% of the previous imports are not happening. We have only 3% of the sheep coming in that we had before the protocol. That is having a severe impact on areas, such...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Vets: Shortage (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: There is currently a shortage of vets in my Department and, more widely, in the private and public sectors across the United Kingdom. There is also an increasing acceptance that Northern Ireland requires a more assured long-term supply of veterinarians than is available from historical sources. There are a number of options for achieving that, which merit further exploration. I have,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I wish to group questions 1, 6 and 7. I am acutely aware of the labour problems facing our meat processing sector and the growing shortages, particularly in the number of slaughter plant operatives and butchers in our abattoirs and processing plants. I have engaged extensively and held numerous meetings with stakeholders across our food processing sector...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: As a supporter of Brexit, I wanted to see an end to the open-door policy on immigration. However, we should be in a position where we can bring people in where we need them, and we certainly need them in the food industry. I have repeatedly made that point to the UK Government, who have indicated that a lot of people at a local level are still unemployed and that they wish to have them in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I would have thought that a gentleman who lives so close to the border would know what is going on just across it. The chairman of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) national pigs committee, Roy Gallie, has said that the pig meat sector is under extreme pressure, due to a lack of suitable labour at processing level and on farms. The shortage of large-animal vets was raised by the Veterinary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I really do have to pull the Member into line for that last comment. Who says that EU workers are not welcome in Northern Ireland and that they left here because they were not welcome?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: They have been here for many years and were very welcome to continue to stay in Northern Ireland. The people who supported Brexit voted for it so that we would not have uncontrolled immigration. Perhaps the Member wants uncontrolled immigration, because that keeps people's pay down and ensures that people work on minimum wage. I am glad to see lorry drivers, digger drivers and people who work...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: The situation is extremely urgent. We have engaged extensively with the industry and we are actively looking at our options. One of the options includes slaughtering pigs at birth so that the backlog that is building up does not continue unabated. Another option is to slaughter animals on-farm at some stage. However, that does not particularly deal with the instantaneous problem, because we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Sector: Labour Shortages (5 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I indicated to Mr McHugh — clearly, Ms McLaughlin did not take it in — what the farming and veterinary communities are saying down there. There is a shortage of key workers, and a lot of that has to do with EU policy, in that they can only bring people from the European Union. We had this problem in the health service many years ago, and we still have it. Many doctors used to come from...


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