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

Edwin Poots: It is probably not beneficial to Northern Ireland food producers. More than likely, it is beneficial to other businesses and industries, but, for Northern Ireland food producers, it will be a challenge. Nonetheless, it is a challenge we will have to rise to [Interruption] and it has been brought about as a consequence of the deal that has been done. Let us be real: more deals will be done...

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

Edwin Poots: Following the discovery of the illegal waste site at Mobuoy, the then Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, commissioned an independent report from Mr Chris Mills, the former director of the Natural Resources Wales agency, to carry out a review of waste disposal at the Mobuoy site and the lessons learnt for future regulation of the waste industry. The Mills report presented 22 recommendations,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Tributes to Mr Gordon Dunne MLA (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Today, we genuinely mourn the loss of a very special person, Gordon Dunne MBE, MLA, who gave 36 years of his life to public service. He got elected in 2011 to this institution, gaining a third seat for the Democratic Unionist Party in North Down, a seat that would not have been gained for the Democratic Unionist Party had it not been for the standing of Gordon Dunne in North Down, especially...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (17 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Just over 20 years ago, a schoolboy came into my office to find out more about politics. He was different from others who came in, with his eagerness and hunger to get involved in politics. Over the years, I mentored him. I brought him into Lisburn City Council at the age of 23 and, in 2010, into the Assembly at the age of 28. Over those years, I have watched that young...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business (14 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The resignation of the First Minister has taken place today, and the appointment of a new First Minister is critical to the Assembly. I wish to make it clear that I am ready to nominate a First Minister at the earliest opportunity, and I encourage that to happen. It is important that we respect each other's mandates. In order to deal with important COVID...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Undermining the Public Health Message (14 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I want to make it absolutely clear that what happened in the Europa Hotel was wrong. The Member of Parliament who was caught up in it was wrong in what he did. I welcome the fact that he apologised very quickly for what happened and is, therefore, seeking to put things right. I sincerely wish that Sinn Féin had apologised for its actions at the Bobby Storey funeral, where a far greater...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Undermining the Public Health Message (14 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I cannot give way. That was noted by the Speaker. There is legislation on health reform that needs to be carried out. If Sinn Féin is for real — you brought this forward today. I have given the apology. Let us hear your apology for your actions during the Storey funeral. Let us see you commit to actually tackling waiting lists, and let us see you commit to actually dealing with COVID-19...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Personal Statement from the First Minister Arlene Foster (14 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank our outgoing First Minister, the Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA, for her very considered and, indeed, powerful speech this afternoon. Arlene and I have worked together since 2003, and we have had much common ground over those years. Arlene is a unionist, and she is also a devolutionist. I believe that has, largely, been built on the fact that she and her family came through troubled times....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Nature-friendly Farming (7 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: As I made my way to the Chamber, I passed the statue of Lord Craigavon. I thought about how it is a wonderful privilege to be here debating this issue, as a leader in unionism, 100 years after the first sitting of the Northern Ireland Parliament and how it is a great opportunity to carry on the tradition of unionism, even after those 100 years have passed. I welcome the debate, as it provides...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Nature-friendly Farming (7 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. In conclusion, business as usual for many farmers will not be an option. The future is about deliverable food and environmental outcomes.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mullaghglass Landfill Site (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Yes, I have plans to visit the site in the near future. I recognise that there have been a substantial number of complaints from the residents in that area. I believe that it is not a tolerable situation, so I want to ensure that either we get on top of the odour problem or we look at the suspension of activities at the site.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mullaghglass Landfill Site (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I cannot make a statement on the health implications, because it is the Public Health Agency that gives the advice and the Health Minister who makes those statements. I hear what people are saying, and we will pass that information on to the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency for their further investigation, but my Department has to take the advice from the experts in public health.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Beef: Protected Geographical Indication Status (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am delighted to hear the Member making the argument that I was making earlier in Question Time — that it would be ludicrous to shift beef production from Northern Ireland to less carbon-friendly places in the world and that, therefore, the legislation before us is unwise. With regard to the issue that he raises, yes, we should be looking to identify every marketing opportunity that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: North/South Ministerial Meetings (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I remain committed to all my duties as a Minister in this devolved Assembly.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: North/South Ministerial Meetings (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I consider our North/South relationships to be very important. That is why, as a Minister, I very quickly made the decision to open the radiotherapy centre in Altnagelvin Hospital, which provides cancer care for people on both sides of the border. That is why, when it became obvious that we could not carry on paediatric cardiac surgery in Northern Ireland because we were unable to have a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Port Staff (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am happy to do that. We have developed, since June 2020, the costs over the last year. The cost for vets, including managers, is £5,271,696. The cost for the other ancillary staff provided by DAERA is £6,324,902. The cost of the environmental health officers and ancillary staff provided by the councils is £12,848,034. That brings us to a total of £24,444,632.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Port Staff (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: One of the wrongs that the European Union demands of us is to pass all those costs on to businesses. Of course, when the grace period ends, those costs will spiral considerably, because we will move to what the Department suggests will be some 15,000 checks per week, which is considerably greater than what we do currently. Those costs will absolutely spiral. Meanwhile, the European Union says...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Port Staff (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: — to stand up and say, "We do not want this protocol either".

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Urban/rural Divide (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Our food processing sector continues to grow, and we are delighted to support it in so many ways. I have just launched a significant investment in the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). The greater part of that investment, some £43 million for the Loughry campus in Cookstown, is in food processing. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that rural communities do not...


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