Results 5201–5220 of 5621 for speaker:Edwin Poots

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing (15 Jan 2007)

Edwin Poots: Mr Campbell is in danger of setting me off on a rant by raising that. It is a grievous tax to impose on individuals who are buying property, and particularly on first-time buyers. Our deaths, wages, even our fish suppers are taxed; it is wholly illegitimate to have any tax on people.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing (15 Jan 2007)

Edwin Poots: Yes, Mr Simpson, we are even taxed on our fish suppers, not that it seems to have applied too much to you. It is grievous that we get taxed when buying our homes. However, what it comes down to is a simple issue of supply and demand. If supply cannot meet demand, prices are driven up; that is the logic of it. It does not seem to have got through to the Planning Service yet given its area...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Road Safety (9 Jan 2007)

Edwin Poots: Yes, absolutely. The training of young people in particular is very important, and the current driving test is a nonsense. If anyone carried out a three-point turn in any normal road circumstance, as is the case in the current driving test, he or she is likely to cause an accident because of the length of time that the manoeuvre would take; the same could be said for reversing around corners....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Road Safety (9 Jan 2007)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move the following amendment: Leave out all after “introduce” and insert: “a wide ranging strategy involving all relevant agencies, including measures reflecting international best practice, to tackle the problem; with particular attention paid to those most likely to be involved in road traffic accidents.” The Democratic Unionist Party has always given priority to the issue...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Agriculture (8 Jan 2007)

Edwin Poots: With the exception of the odd jab between the DUP and Sinn Féin, everybody has been speaking with the same mind. Perhaps I should keep the debate going and remind Sinn Féin Members that the only party preventing Northern Ireland from having an agriculture Minister is Sinn Féin. Perhaps Sinn Féin will tell us today when its Ard-Fheis or conference will be called and when Ms Gildernew and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Police College (12 Dec 2006)

Edwin Poots: I have a point of order, Madam Speaker. I have allowed Mr Attwood some time to declare an interest, but I note that he has not yet done so. As he is a member of the Policing Board, it is appropriate for him to do that now.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (11 Dec 2006)

Edwin Poots: Has such an attack not already taken place in the Chamber this morning? Mr Maskey attacked both the DUP and the Free Presbyterian Church. Perhaps Members are aware of Cardinal Ratzinger’s statement that homosexuality is: “a more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder”.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (11 Dec 2006)

Edwin Poots: I do not think that I have misrepresented anyone thus far.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (11 Dec 2006)

Edwin Poots: Does the Member support the views of the judge in the case taken against the Secretary of State by the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland about the length of the consultation on water charges?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Institutional Issues (3 Oct 2006)

Edwin Poots: I was coming to that point. Fundamental changes are required. The ‘Report on Institutional Issues’ does not stand in isolation from the other reports that the PFG Committee produced. Each of those reports requires fundamental changes to be made before agreement can be reached. The Ulster Unionist Party considers it acceptable to have unreconstructed terrorists in Government, but the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Institutional Issues (3 Oct 2006)

Edwin Poots: I do not know from where the Member is coming, but the DUP is certainly not living in any wonderland. It is a historical fact that, when the Ulster Unionists were in Government with Sinn Féin in the previous Assembly, Martin McGuinness was taking unaccountable decisions. At the same time, he did not accept the principles of policing and justice, and terrorist activity was taking place. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Institutional Issues (3 Oct 2006)

Edwin Poots: As I travelled here this morning, I heard a blast from the past, Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, speaking on the radio. He took the title of Lisnagarvey, even though the only time that he stood for election there, in a council election in the 1970s, he was roundly defeated. It was perhaps somewhat ironic that he should have taken that title, but, in some respects, it is not surprising. Lord...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Institutional Issues (3 Oct 2006)

Edwin Poots: The purpose of the PFG Committee was to scope the issues on which there was disagreement. If Dr Farren believes that there is only one area of disagreement, I am not sure where he is living.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Rights, Safeguards, Equality Issues and Victims (26 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: Perhaps we can discuss the matter later, but the SDLP seems to think that the Equality Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the Parades Commission are perfect. They believe that the legislation that has been introduced is good and it can be built upon, but it cannot be taken away from. Patricia Lewsley stated that she would allow further issues to be added and developed on, but would...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Rights, Safeguards, Equality Issues and Victims (26 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: That individual may have had the support of the equivalent body in England. However, if a Protestant were to take a case against the PSNI, they would not receive the support of the Equality Commission because it has identified that the fifty-fifty recruitment process must be in place. Therefore a better qualified Protestant would not be entitled to challenge a decision with the support of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Rights, Safeguards, Equality Issues and Victims (26 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for those points. The chill factor in our universities is important, but Protestant representation in the legal field is even more important as there is a significant lack of Protestants in the legal profession. That trend will be extrapolated in the appointment of Queen’s Counsels (QCs) and judges, and thus the entire legal profession in Northern Ireland will lack...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Rights, Safeguards, Equality Issues and Victims (26 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: People can be provocative about parades. This year, people in many areas of Northern Ireland — particularly those in the unionist community — sought to take much of the heat out of the parading issue. There­fore we had a relatively successful summer. How­ever, if we are to build on that, there must be changes to both the Parades Commission and the current attitude to parading. The SDLP...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Secretary of State Motion: Report on Rights, Safeguards, Equality Issues and Victims (26 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: As the previous Member to speak did not give way to my colleague, it is appropriate that I point out that Mr Dawson said nothing that could be construed as homophobic. He did not say anything to incite or support violence against the homosexual community. He pointed out that there has been an attack on people who have Christian beliefs, and that there are issues and problems with how...


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