Results 121–140 of 5135 for speaker:Edwin Poots

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

Edwin Poots: I absolutely refuse. What Dr Johnson did not point out was that the beneficial impact that he identified for the dairy industry does not apply to the beef, chicken or pork industries. For example, Foyle Food Group in Dungannon and other companies in Northern Ireland import tens of millions of pounds of beef from Great Britain for further processing here that then goes back to Great Britain....

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

Edwin Poots: We have our climate change legislation, which has been sitting with the Executive, to bring forward, but legislation on its own will not ensure that we reduce carbon by the amount that is required. We need actions. The actions that we will take will be contained in our green growth policy. We will continue to work extensively on the development of that green growth policy. One of the things...

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

Edwin Poots: We have the Mills report; a piece of work that was actioned by the then Minister to identify the issues, problems and solutions. We have followed the recommendations of that report. My focus is to ensure that we provide safety when it comes to drinking water in the River Faughan. Testing is carried out weekly to ensure that the water quality remains good, and it does. We are looking at...

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

Edwin Poots: I do not have the figure for how many similar illegal dumps there are. There were none of the scale of Mobuoy. I know that there were some 20 dumps when I was previously the Minister in 2010. There were some 20 dumps then that involved illegal waste that had come across the border from the Republic of Ireland. I engaged with the Irish Government Minister at that time, Eamon Ryan, and we...

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

Edwin Poots: The agreement between the Ministers is that it is unacceptable. It would be unacceptable if waste were to travel from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland as well. There needs to be a good information flow about its taking place. If it is identified that it is taking place, we need to crack down on the individuals who are involved. Waste crime is a lucrative business. People who engage...

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

Edwin Poots: I suspect that, if you wanted to ensure that that is the case, you would need to give Northern Ireland Water a few billion pounds to spend on infrastructure. That is the reality. For years, we did not spend money on water and sewerage infrastructure. When the Troubles were going, we were paying for police officers' overtime and for rebuilding buildings that had been blown up. There was some...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Ballykelly: Staff Complement (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Some 250 DAERA staff were located in Ballykelly House when it opened in May 2018. Since then, a further 87 DAERA staff have relocated to Ballykelly, bringing the total to 337. The Department also has plans to relocate a further 54 posts during the 2017-2022 mandate. When filled, that would increase the staff complement to 391. The need to relocate those further posts will remain under review.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Ballykelly: Staff Complement (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Yes, we can do that. That has been the case to this point. It is operating well, and it has good numbers operating in it. We intend to utilise it fully. It is one of our more modern, environmentally friendly and economic buildings to run because it is built to modern standards and specifications. That is certainly something that we will look at for other parts of the estate.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Ballykelly: Staff Complement (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: There has been an effort from the outset to ensure that employees move to Ballykelly, without forcing people to do it against their will. That has proved to be very successful. As I indicated, the numbers there are a demonstration of its success.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Ballykelly: Staff Complement (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I do not have the actual figure, but that is now where Forest Service's headquarters are. It has a substantial cadre — it is certainly in three figures — of staff based at Enniskillen. I view that very positively. A lot of DAERA forestry is in the west of Northern Ireland, so having the headquarters there is absolutely rational.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Ballykelly: Staff Complement (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I suggest that DAERA was probably the most flexible Department in dealing with COVID and in identifying means for people to work from home. We have a lot of experience because we had Ballykelly, Klondyke, Dundonald House and a whole series of buildings where we had digital communication already in place. We were very quick to ensure that people had the equipment to allow them to work from...

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

Edwin Poots: I am very pleased with the findings of the evaluation of my Department's soil sampling pilot schemes. The pilots included soil collection and analysis over three water catchments — upper Bann, Colebrooke and Strule — and in one open element that was available Province-wide. In addition, lidar risk-mapping was provided to farmers in upper Bann and parts of Colebrooke. The evaluation of the...

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

Edwin Poots: The soil evaluation is critical if we are going to ensure that we can meet the challenges to the environment and ensure that our water quality is as high as possible. The Member represents the Mid Ulster area, which includes a large swathe of Lough Neagh. Lough Neagh has suffered from eutrophication as a consequence of phosphate run-off from the land. Therefore, farmers applying the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Points of Entry Delays: Compensation (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: As Minister for the Department whose responsibilities are most affected by the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol, I am fully aware of the difficulties that it is causing, especially the impact of additional new rules and the barriers that they place on the movement of goods, products and live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, to which I am firmly opposed. I feel...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Points of Entry Delays: Compensation (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I hope that we will get that certainty and clarity over the next number of weeks, because it is for the UK Government to make that decision. The UK Government have been very well informed by the DUP Ministers on the Executive and, I assume, by others about the issues, complications and problems that come about as a consequence of the protocol, such as the cost to businesses and therefore...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Points of Entry Delays: Compensation (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The advice from the civil servants is that we cannot proceed. Once the civil servants arrive at some different conclusion, that is a decision for the Executive and not for me as Minister. It is a controversial decision and therefore requires the entire Executive's support. I can confirm that I will not be breaking the ministerial code by following your suggestions.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Points of Entry Delays: Compensation (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The costs that I have for government alone, which are then supposed to be applied to businesses, are around £25 million per annum. The problem is that those are not the only costs for businesses, because they have to employ people to produce the common health entry documents (CHEDs) and carry out all the background paperwork. They have a series of pieces of work to do, to the point that one...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Exports: Dual Market Access (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: It is primarily a matter for the industry how it makes the best use of the current set of trading arrangements. Invest NI continues to provide support to Northern Ireland exporters. In discussions with government, I have been clear in my view that the protocol causes significant difficulties for Northern Ireland businesses because of the trade friction introduced on goods moving from GB to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Exports: Dual Market Access (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have described the protocol as something that gives us a win, in that we get that export trade. However, in exchange for that single goal scored, we concede about six goals on our imports. The consequence of the protocol is that businesses cannot get the goods in to carry out their manufacturing processes without the delays and additional costs that make them more uncompetitive. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Exports: Dual Market Access (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The "disastrous consequences" are related to the protocol, not to Brexit. The opportunities to sell food to our main market, GB, are stronger now as a consequence of Brexit and because of the issues that will inevitably come about as it becomes more difficult for the EU to export goods to Great Britain. That creates an even better opportunity for us. I remind Members that the country that...


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