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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NSMC: DUP Boycott (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I also stand by my word to serve in the best interests of the people whom I represent — the Member might reflect on that — whether they are people in Lough Neagh who are having trouble obtaining or selling their eels, farmers in west Tyrone or north Antrim who struggle to get blackface sheep from Scotland, which is an important part of their business, or the pedigree breeders who take...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NSMC: DUP Boycott (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have taken my position on the protocol from the outset. I indicated from the outset that the protocol would cause problems in Northern Ireland, but your party and the other three main parties — Alliance, the SDLP and the Green Party — all called for its rigorous implementation. With your rigorous implementation, what will you do about checking the 419,000 trucks that come from Great...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NSMC: DUP Boycott (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: — Garvaghy Road and the other places where you seek votes. You are hurting your own people by looking for the rigorous implementation of the protocol, —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Customs Checks (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: There is a proposal on that with the Department of Finance. That will go to the Executive for consideration.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Customs Checks (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: The legal advice is that I should take it to the Executive. It is not my decision to make.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I will just respond to the first comment: the protocol is not of our making. It is a political decision that is being implemented. It is not protecting the European Union single market because the goods are staying in Northern Ireland. Therefore, the goods coming from Great Britain for customers to buy in stores in Upper Bann pose no threat to the single market. You should stand up for your...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have not, because Justice has indicated that some of the material poses a difficultly for it due to GDPR and the legality of giving out such information. It therefore becomes more challenging for us on that front. Nonetheless, it is right that people who have demonstrated that they are cruel to animals should not have the capacity to keep them. A register that people can look at to see...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Independent Environmental Protection Agency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: It will have considerably less impact than the Northern Ireland protocol — well over 70% of our goods come in to Northern Ireland from Great Britain on some 419,000 HGVs per annum — and the consequences of not dealing with that issue and not arriving at a circumstance where that barrier is not put between Northern Ireland and its main body of trade, when we will be able to move things...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate and Ecological Emergency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: My Department and I recognise the need for urgent action to tackle these issues, and we recognise the Assembly's climate emergency declaration of February 2020, when the Assembly also acknowledged a biodiversity crisis in Northern Ireland. Rather than my Department focusing resources on making further declarations, I am instead prioritising my work to drive forward effective and meaningful...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate and Ecological Emergency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have a biodiversity plan. We also have a plan for green growth. We are developing, with our agriculture sector, work to improve efficiency on farms. We are helping to develop a whole renewables industry. I note that the Minister representing the Member's party refused one of the largest renewable energy projects that has come before us. Looking after the environment takes more than just...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate and Ecological Emergency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I was, perhaps, ahead of some colleagues across the way in that, when I was Minister previously, I brought in a planning policy statement for renewable energy. As a consequence of that, we are sitting on around 45% renewable energy in Northern Ireland, whereas other parts of the United Kingdom have struggled to reach 20%. Currently, the big opportunity for us lies in hydrogen. We can produce...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate and Ecological Emergency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: None of us want to see biodiversity loss. That is why we have taken the actions that we have. One of the areas that I am looking at is peatlands. We have a peatlands strategy because there is very specific biodiversity in our peatlands. We need to ensure that our peatlands are wetter. We also need to ensure that we better deal with ammonia, so that there is less nitrogen deposition in our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Local and Seasonal Produce: Promotion (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: My Department has promoted, and will continue to promote, the benefits of our locally produced food and the importance of supporting our agri-food industry by buying local produce. I, and my officials, are in regular contact with industry stakeholders to discuss the promotion of local quality farm produce and how that can be enhanced. Through the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme, my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Local and Seasonal Produce: Promotion (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I absolutely and entirely agree with the Member, and I ask him to reflect on his party's position that we follow the Climate Change Bill being proposed by the Green Party, which would reduce livestock numbers in Northern Ireland by 83% whilst Brazil is increasing its livestock numbers by millions. I see no benefit to the world environment because, whatever cows do, they do it in Brazil as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Local and Seasonal Produce: Promotion (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Some of the major supermarkets are assisting in buying local produce, and some of them even have markets in their car parks where people can sell their own produce. We want to encourage those small producers of quality vegetables to have that opportunity to maximise their return, because their profitability would otherwise be low. We want to encourage those artisan producers, and Food NI is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Local and Seasonal Produce: Promotion (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: One of the things that I have done is to promote Northern Ireland's having protected geographical indication status for grass-fed Irish beef. I will encourage it for British beef when that opportunity arises. Unfortunately, colleagues in Ireland were not as receptive to that as I might have liked them to be. I think that we are probably getting to a better place with them now, but it took a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mullaghglass Landfill Site (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I visited the Mullaghglass site on 3 August 2021, where I met the operator’s landfill team. I have highlighted to the operator the high volume of complaints that my office, in addition to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, is continuing to receive from local residents, community groups and political representatives. That is of real concern to me. It was evident during my visit that,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Wildlife: Impact of Development (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is a statutory consultee for certain planning applications submitted to local planning authorities and DFI under the Planning (General Development Procedure) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015. The natural environment division of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in the Department is responsible for providing advice on planning...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Wildlife: Impact of Development (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: The division of NIEA that deals with those matters has the ability to go through the assessments that have been provided to it by the applicant in order to identify and challenge their robustness. That can be test-based. It also involves site visits. Therefore, NIEA has the ability to adequately address those issues. Very often, I hear of issues to do with bats, for example, where NIEA has...


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