Results 5221–5240 of 5621 for speaker:Edwin Poots

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

Edwin Poots: It is unlikely that the Equality Commission would accept that as a reasonable response. When one looks back to what happened to Shorts plc and other companies, but particularly the high wire act that the Equality Commission undertook as regards Shorts plc, that high profile contrasts with its actions as regards many other companies in Northern Ireland, which have a greater proportion of...

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

Edwin Poots: Pages 349 to 351 of the report set out the DUP’s position on parades and its analysis of where we need to go. We went to the bother of providing a written submission and making our position clear in Committee. Perhaps, in order to assist Mr McNarry, Lord Morrow can identify where the Ulster Unionist Party’s submission on parades is.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Economic Challenges facing Northern Ireland (12 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: Does the Member agree that many people do not mind paying taxes if they provide tangible benefits? Is Government bureaucracy and the waste of so much taxpayers’ money not an issue? People get angry when they are taxed to the hilt yet see so much waste.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Economic Challenges facing Northern Ireland (12 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: The public should be made fully aware of everything that can be made public, but commercially sensitive matters cannot be revealed now. The stadium will only be developed if the business case stacks up, and I believe that it will stack up when everything is brought together. I recently visited an exhibition facility in Valencia. It has an income of €70 million per annum, but the income to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Economic Challenges facing Northern Ireland (12 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for that useful intervention. There are several ways to resolve these matters, and that is certainly one of them. Another way would be a reduction in excise duty on fuel in Northern Ireland. I understand that excise duty is being raised in the Irish Republic. If there were to be a closer convergence of fuel prices, there would be fewer opportunities for smuggling. However,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Economic Challenges facing Northern Ireland (12 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: I assume that that means that I can speak until 12.30 pm. After yesterday’s ruling, I was wondering about the validity of a report that regularly mentions the Ulster Unionist Party Assembly Group (UUPAG). I understand that the UUPAG still exists, that David Ervine is still a member and that the ruling has made no difference. That is understandable, given that the reason for establishing the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Economic Challenges facing Northern Ireland (12 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: I have not started yet. Perhaps if I say something that Mr Kennedy finds interesting —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Economic Challenges facing Northern Ireland (12 Sep 2006)

Edwin Poots: I could always offer to lend Mr Kennedy my ears; then he would have no problem hearing. [Laughter.] The Planning Service is in chronic crisis. There has been little significant development in Northern Ireland in recent years. In the retail sector, for example, there has been development at Victoria Square, and we have an outlet village at Banbridge and a minor extension to Junction One....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Rural Planning Policy (23 May 2006)

Edwin Poots: It certainly has an absence of constructive things to apply to Northern Ireland. We hear much about sustainability. The document must be judged on its sustainability in relation to rural policy. The three measures of sustainability are whether the economy is improved, whether society is helped and whether the environment is protected. Using those measures, the document fails miserably. I will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Rural Planning Policy (23 May 2006)

Edwin Poots: Absolutely, but those are exceptions rather than the rule. Why should everybody be persecuted because individuals abuse the system? Why should they be persecuted because of the Planning Service’s inability to stand up to those who are abusing the system and tell them that they will not get, and do not need, 19 sites? The Planning Service should use countryside policy 11, as set out in Draft...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Rural Planning Policy (23 May 2006)

Edwin Poots: Madam Speaker, I congratulate you on your appointment. On reflection, I am glad that I was so kind to you when I was Chairperson of the Committee of the Centre, but then I am just an inoffensive individual by character. I welcome today’s debate and the fact that Mr McGlone has brought it forward in a competent manner, unlike last week’s lead speaker for the SDLP, whose contribution was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: European Funding (14 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel how he intends to ensure that European funding is properly spent without having to return substantial sums to Europe. (AQO 291/02)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel: European Funding (14 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: Does the Minister recognise that some problems result from some of the Departments dragging their feet in spending the money? There is concern that money was misallocated the last time, so it is imperative that proper control measures are put in place to ensure that money is not squandered. Nevertheless, the Departments must create the impetus to ensure that the money is properly spent and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Dromore High School (14 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: 6. asked the Minister of Education what plans he has to address the under-provision of places, and other problems, at Dromore High School. (AQO 289/02)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Dromore High School (14 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: There has been much prevarication over the provision of sixth-form places at Dromore High School. The time has come for answers, not further consultation. Every year, 30 children are turned away from the school. The area is scheduled to almost double in population. The Minister will no longer be a Minister after tonight. I do not know what he turns into after midnight, given his past history....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites Bill:  Second Stage (14 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Is there any means by which the Assembly can express its concerns about the Bill to the Northern Ireland Office? Given that no public consultation has taken place on the Bill, it would be a matter of concern if the Northern Ireland Office rushed it through.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: New Railway Station (Lisburn) (7 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: Can the Minister confirm that there are problems with the site proposed by Translink and that meetings have taken place between it and the local council? Are we set on the site which Translink currently wants, or is there a possibility of identifying other sites which may be closer to the railway station and more conducive to traffic flows in Lisburn city centre?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — First Minister and Deputy First Minister: Strategic Investment Body (7 Oct 2002)

Edwin Poots: Given that we are having a review of public administration in an attempt to create a more efficient Government, why are the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister introducing a Bill that will create a strategic investment board at a cost of £3 million a year plus set-up costs, up to five development corporations costing between £750,000 and £900,000 a year, and a plethora of new...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Dromore: Urban Regeneration (30 Sep 2002)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister for Social Development what assistance he can give to the urban regeneration of Dromore. (AQO 220/02)


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