Results 5121–5140 of 5218 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Thank you for that ruling, Madam Deputy Speaker. We are used to such mistakes. We will wait to see what the Social Development Committee has to say. Are they for the rent rise or are they against it? Do they want a 5% increase, or do they want a 2·5% increase? [Interruption]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Budget Proposal (2001-02) (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Do they want cuts in the housing budget or do they want a rise in the housing budget? Those questions have to be answered. We look forward to the constructive and positive items that the Chairperson of that Committee will come up with. I found Mr Close’s contribution very interesting — very articulate, as usual, but that did not disguise the flaws. He talked a lot about the regional rate...

Northern Ireland Assembly: North/South Ministerial Council:  Environment (14 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: There is nothing pedantic about the Chairman of the Environment Committee asking reasonable questions of the Minister. It is the role of the Committee to scrutinise the work of the Minister. [Interrpution] I am coming to the question, Mr Deputy Speaker. You were fairly liberal with other Members. I welcome the mention of the major accident hazards Directive. Did the Irish delegation give a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Higher and further education, training and employment: Walsh Visa Programme (13 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: 6. asked the Minister of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment if he will detail (a) the number of young people who have participated in the Walsh Programme so far, (b) his satisfaction with the jobs allocated, and (c) the drop-out rate of those participating. (AQO 291/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Higher and further education, training and employment: Walsh Visa Programme (13 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for his report, which is fairly damming. It was envisaged that up to 4,000 young people a year would participate in the programme. We have 254, with a drop-out rate of 139. The jobs are not satisfactory, and a review of the Walsh Programme is needed. I ask the Minister to review this issue, as it is not satisfactory.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Lagan Valley Constituency: Tourist Board Support (13 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: 5. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment if he will outline his plans to address the shortfall in financial support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for the Lagan Valley constituency. AQO 289/00

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Lagan Valley Constituency: Tourist Board Support (13 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for his response. I know that Lisburn Borough Council has been active in tourism and spends something like £0·75 million per year of its budget on it. Therefore it is somewhat depressing when Lagan Valley is awarded £121,000 while other inland councils such as West Tyrone are offered £1·5 million. That is how it goes in the marketing end. We would like to see more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Lagan Valley Constituency: Tourist Board Support (13 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Is the Minister prepared to lift the moratorium on grant aid for hotels outside the 10-mile radius of Belfast?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Programme for Government (13 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I wish to address section 1.3 of the Programme, ‘A Cohesive, Inclusive and Just Society’. It discusses the new targeting social need policy. We should consider that policy: members of the public often refer to it as "targeting sectarian need". We must ensure that the targeting social need programme reaches across the entire community and does not reach only to specific areas of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Planning (Compensation, etc) Bill:  Second Stage (7 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Is this in relation to the Bill?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Planning (Compensation, etc) Bill:  Second Stage (7 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Our party broadly welcomes the Bill. Members will not be getting from the DUP the confused messages that they got from Mrs Carson. She appeared to be supporting the Bill on one hand and criticising it on the other. It would have been grossly incompetent of the Department to have failed to introduce the Bill retrospectively. Until Royal Assent was granted, there would have been a mass rush to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: BSE (7 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: As a result of the BSE crisis, I believe that the Government took action in Northern Ireland to ensure that the most stringent measures were put in place for the production of beef. To some extent that has restored consumer confidence in Northern Ireland beef production. However, one of the issues mentioned in Ms Rodgers’s statement was about delays in taking action at various points in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: BSE (7 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: It was quite clear. Can animals over 30 months old be imported into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic, which has a growing BSE problem? Can beef from those animals be imported into Northern Ireland? If so, what steps will be taken to prevent that happening?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Languages (7 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday’s statement by the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety was made in Irish and English. However, the accompanying documentation omitted a paragraph of the statement in English, and that paragraph was also omitted when the statement was read out to the House. Can you give a ruling on statements that are made in Irish and English, to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Electricty Costs (6 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: I welcome Mr Byrne’s motion and the amendment moved by Mr Beggs. I understand that they have come to an agreement about the motion. The Democratic Unionist Party will support whatever the Members have agreed. It is good to see that not all members of the SDLP suffer from the Dallat syndrome and can put forward practical and useful motions.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Electricty Costs (6 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: Well, I shall deal with Germany later on, perhaps. We know that the Member had a good time there last week as he mentioned it three or four times in his speech. I shall return to the matter in hand. In Northern Ireland the costs of energy use are higher than in any other part of the United Kingdom. Households here expend 15·7% of their budget on energy use, as opposed to 12·5% in the rest...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Lisburn Library (6 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure if he will detail the progress made in providing a new library for Lisburn. (AQO 225/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Lisburn Library (6 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: The Minister’s response does not enthuse me very much, as we have been getting similar responses for some 25 years and still the second-largest council area in Northern Ireland is being deprived of library services. If the private finance initiative does not work out, what will the Minister do to ensure adequate library provision in Lisburn?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of First minister and deputy first minister: Potato Crop (Brown Rot) (6 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development if she is aware of an outbreak of brown rot in the Scottish potato crop and, if so, what steps she has taken to ensure that it will not contaminate the potato crop in Northern Ireland. (AQO 226/00)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of First minister and deputy first minister: Potato Crop (Brown Rot) (6 Nov 2000)

Edwin Poots: As the Minister indicated, Northern Ireland has never had brown rot. It is a disease that we do not want to infect our potato crops. I would like her to ensure that the Department ensures that no samples are allowed into Northern Ireland containing any disease, as washings of those potatoes could get into our water system, and thus contaminate the entire crop and do substantial damage to the...


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