Results 101–120 of 5135 for speaker:Edwin Poots

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

Edwin Poots: The council, in the first instance, is the planning authority and decision maker. NIEA will use all the information that will be provided to it and assess that on the basis of what it recognises, as experts in the field, needs to be done to ensure that wildlife is protected. That work has been carried out for many years, and NIEA will continue to do it.

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

Edwin Poots: Shared Environmental Services is an independent body that was established by a previous Minister, Alex Attwood, to look at those areas of special interest. It gives advice to councils and is paid for by councils. The body has no responsibility whatsoever to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am considering a number of documents relating to the proposed Islandmagee gas storage project. The documents relate to an application for a marine licence and the review of a discharge consent and abstraction licence. The matter that I am determining is complex, and, as such, it is vital that I give the documentation all due consideration.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Unfortunately, I cannot look at the issue in the same way as the Member for East Antrim or, indeed, his colleagues from East Antrim who are in my party might look at it. I have to look at it purely on the basis of the scientific and planning evidence that is provided to me. Whatever decision I arrive at will be based on the qualitative material that is garnered by them in order to make...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am under the impression that, should I approve the application, I will be challenged judicially, and, if I refuse the application, I will be challenged judicially. I have to make a decision based on the information provided to me, not on whether one or other party will challenge me judicially thereafter. If I make a decision and one or other party challenges that decision, it is for that...

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

Edwin Poots: Mr Durkan knows where he is in the pecking order. Good environmental governance is always about focusing on environmental outcomes and taking a strategic approach to the environmental challenges that we face in Northern Ireland and, indeed, on the global stage. New Decade, New Approach does not specify a time frame for the establishment of an independent environmental protection agency. I am...

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

Edwin Poots: If you want to do that, maybe we should do it on an all-islands basis and see our friends in Ireland come back under the banner of the United Kingdom. I am sure that they would be very welcome to do that, given that that is where they do most of their trading and business. It is a fairly complicated, difficult and tricky issue as things stand, so I do not think that I would be keen to...

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

Edwin Poots: If I had kicked off on day one, it would have been a struggle to achieve it in what was left of this Assembly term. I will not take criticism from people who actually held the Assembly back from meeting for three years. If you are that keen about the environment, it would have been much better had you ensured that the Assembly was not defunct for three years because of your own political...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: I appreciate the comments made by Members in response to the issues that I have brought to their attention today. A couple of questions were raised about additional funding for COVID-19. The UK-wide Seafood Response Fund was a further bonus for the local fleet of potters and trawlers. That covered support towards fishing vessels' fixed costs during the first quarter of 2020-21. In total, 144...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: First Stage (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to introduce the Climate Change (No. 2) Bill [NIA 28/17-22], which is a Bill to set targets for the years 2050, 2040 and 2030 for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; to provide for a system of carbon budgeting; to provide for reporting and statements against those targets and budgets; to confer power to impose climate change reporting duties on public bodies; to provide for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 be affirmed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: Apologies, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker, for being slightly late. We were told that the debate would be at 4.30 pm, but then it came up on the screen. I had a bit of a rush down, but I am here now. Members will recall that, on 3 April 2020, I announced an initial £1·5 million support package to ensure that the Northern Ireland fishing industry was supported through the COVID-19 pandemic....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Carbon Reduction Levels (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Sitka spruce trees are pretty good at carbon sequestration as well. I planted broadleaf trees on my own land many years ago, not for commercial interest but to help the environment. Whilst Sitka spruce trees may not be my tree of choice, planting trees for commercial interest but with environmental benefits is not a bad thing. Forest Service's making £10 million a year is not a bad thing. We...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Soil Sampling (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: That is why it would have been great to have someone like me as Minister over the last few years as opposed to the Assembly crashing and not operating. Those three years were wasted. A consequence of not having devolution is that everybody suffers in Northern Ireland, including the environment.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Soil Sampling (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have the skills to do that work. We will continue to work with the Department of Finance to provide the resources. I hear people talk a lot about the environment, so I hope that they will be as good at talking about it when the Department is seeking money to protect the environment and that they will support the case that the Department makes to the Department of Finance to achieve that.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Food Producers: Protocol Benefits (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The fundamentals of the protocol relate first to whether it is a democratic action. Does it change the constitution? It does change the constitution. Therefore, if you want to change the constitution, you should ask the people. If the Member is a democrat, he will want to ensure that the people are asked to support the protocol by a referendum or that we remove the protocol and find another...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Food Producers: Protocol Benefits (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The argument that the DUP brought this about is nonsense and entirely wrong because it would not matter if every person in Northern Ireland had voted not to have Brexit; the majority in the United Kingdom voted to have it. That was the democratic decision of the country. The question was not, "Do you believe that Great Britain should leave the European Union?"; the question was, "Do you...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Pet Travel in the UK (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The European Union's expectation that we should treat animals for tapeworm and, indeed, rabies was put back in the first instance to 1 July. I chose to defer that further to 1 October because, again, we need solutions. No one, but no one, can argue that this poses a threat to the single market. Doing what the European Union wants us to do poses a threat to people who are disabled, who are not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Pet Travel in the UK (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member is absolutely right: they are totally unacceptable. It is also unacceptable that pointing that out is met with inflexibility in finding a solution. Our Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) and the UK Chief Veterinary Officer are engaging with their European Union counterpart. All know that this is just nonsense, but the politicians are not allowing it to change. It is regrettable that,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Dale Farm: Arla Contract (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: If Dale Farm has achieved something on the back of the protocol, I congratulate it, and I commiserate with the many thousands of businesses that are damaged as a consequence of the protocol.


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