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

Edwin Poots: What is very clear is that we had uncontrolled immigration. I have no problem with immigration. I have no problem with bringing in people whom we need. Uncontrolled immigration is entirely different, and I welcome the fact that we no longer have that. I also welcome the fact that our workers at the lower end of the scale are now better paid. If the Member is not aware that lorry drivers,...

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

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will group questions 2 and 11 for answer. I firmly believe that, where persons have been convicted of animal cruelty offences and banned by the courts from keeping animals, all actions that can reasonably be undertaken to reduce the risk of reoffending should be pursued. As such, I welcome the recent public petition on the potential for an animal cruelty...

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

Edwin Poots: We have had correspondence. We have also had verbal communication in meetings on the issue. It is an important issue that we should progress and move forward. I do not quite get all the issues around the data. Most of the offences are published. The cases have been through court so are already in the public domain. I am therefore not so sure that we need to be as cautious when it comes to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement (4 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: It is good to have the opportunity to speak on the issue, and it is good to see Sinn Féin moving its position. When we debated the issue last year, there was a great call for the rigorous implementation of the protocol. Now, we have the recognition that rigorous implementation would be a complete and utter disaster for the people of Northern Ireland. We have not had a rigorous implementation...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement (4 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: That is a fact of life. That is what is causing the problem. Yes, Ms Sheerin.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement (4 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: The protocol is a political manipulation that was brought in to punish the United Kingdom for leaving the European Union, and we need to recognise that. It was driven by Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar and people like that, and it was done by them to damage people who live on the island of Ireland — the people who live in Northern Ireland — whom they claim to support. Realistically, we need...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement (4 Oct 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have given way once already, Ms Sheerin. I was kind to you. How do we fix this thing? There is absolutely no issue in checking goods going into the European Union — none whatever with goods that come through Northern Ireland to Great Britain. We will facilitate that. That does not need to happen on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. That can happen at our ports, but it is on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I will in a moment, but let me conclude this. The Climate Change Committee has said that it will take 1% to 2% of GDP, including Northern Ireland's contribution, to achieve net zero for the UK. However, Ms Bailey wants to deviate from that and to apportion a bill of £1 billion per year, which is about 10% of our block grant, to achieve 100% net zero in Northern Ireland, which will have only...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Back in 2016, before I became the Environment Minister, the former First Minister and deputy First Minister, on behalf of the Executive, appointed the CCC to provide advice. We pay that body and make our contribution to ensure that it provides us with that independent advice. Aside from that, I sought advice from our own Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), which very much corresponds...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Yes, I will. I honestly believe that we can produce our food in a way that has a really small environmental footprint and that we can use our farms to produce not just the food but the renewable energy needed to drive our economy. When Mr McAleer makes his intervention, he might reflect on the 16% of greenhouse gas emissions that come from homes. The fact that we have more rural homes means...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Again, I am extremely grateful to the Member for his intervention. Maybe he made the comments out of ignorance — I am sorry if that is the case — but we have already been working with Teagasc and AFBI to do that. I am absolutely clear that I want Teagasc and AFBI to develop a scheme for how we measure carbon and what carbon sequestration takes place. There is so much commonality. I have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: How are you going to create those green jobs? I have just given you the vision. Instead of closing down agriculture, we build on what we have and create those green jobs by creating green energy and exporting it, as well as by exporting meat, lamb, eggs, chicken, milk and other dairy products, and all that go with them. We are serious about keeping jobs for working people in Northern Ireland,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Where the just transition is delivered, Ms Woods, is where we deliver on carbon reduction. We meet the UK's commitment to net zero and, at the same time, retain the jobs and the livelihoods of people in Northern Ireland. That strikes me as being just. It strikes me as being pretty unjust to put tens of thousands of people out of work with an aspiration, as opposed to something that is based...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I again apologise for the interruption to Miss Woods's contribution, and I appreciate you allowing the suspension, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank all those Members who participated in the debate. It has been a reasonable and well-argued debate, and I want to respond to a number of the issues that were raised. First, on climate, we cannot and will not deliver the decarbonisation of the world on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am really grateful to the Member for raising the trade deal with Australia. Remarkably, while we could be importing lamb and, indeed, beef from Australia, it has not set a net zero carbon target for that huge country. Therefore, it is exactly as I said: we could have carbon leakage and be importing materials that we can produce with a lower carbon footprint. Importing those materials while...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: Second Stage (27 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Can the Member give us any idea of how the Republic of Ireland plans to implement that?


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