Results 161–180 of 5135 for speaker:Edwin Poots

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

Edwin Poots: Yes, and that is one of the reasons why I am opposed to the Climate Change Bill that your party supports. It had not gone through a rural needs assessment before coming to the House. Despite that, your party supports the Bill.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Justice Minister and I met earlier this month to discuss that very issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am very keen to see these laws progressed, and I am very keen to get to a situation in which people who have been cruel to animals have their names associated with that cruelty. Then, when councils are looking at applications for dog licences or for people to keep dogs, they can very quickly assess whether individuals are suitable people to keep animals. We seem to have issues with the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: That is why I have secured the provision that we have. That is a demonstration of our commitment to the rural community, which goes beyond the agriculture sector, and of our ability to assist rural communities in a tangible way in conjunction with other key bodies. For example, the farm families health checks will be carried out in conjunction with trusts. Much of the work that we will do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: All the measures that we have identified have been significantly addressed as a result of the programme. We have been targeting communities in which isolation is a significant problem. A lot of that funding was used during the COVID period, when, for example, we entered into agreement with the Department for Infrastructure on the rural transport scheme to ensure that people who were isolated...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Applications to Area-based Schemes (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Last November, I stated my belief that the decision of the independent panel in review-of-decision cases should be final. My officials are working to put in place the necessary legislation, and a consultation document will be published shortly. The tenure of the current panel ends in January 2022, and the consultation document will ask for views on the make-up of a future panel, given its...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Applications to Area-based Schemes (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Unlike previous Ministers, who overturned many of the panel appeals, I have not. I accept the decisions of the independent panel. I do not see the point in having an independent panel to deal with appeals if a Minister, such as Ministers O'Neill and Gildernew, strike out the decision of the independent panel and take the advice of the civil servants who rejected the farmer's case in the first...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Applications to Area-based Schemes (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I had not planned to backdate it. I have a responsibility for the decisions that I make; I do not have responsibility for the decisions that previous Ministers made.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fish Kill: Aghlisk River (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Following extensive investigations by the Loughs Agency, it is confident that the source of the pollution has been identified and stopped. Analytical results from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) laboratories are now awaited. That will determine the next steps for the Loughs Agency. As with all investigations of this nature, details remain sub judice until their formal...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fish Kill: Aghlisk River (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: These are tricky issues. Some of the pollution incidents come from our Water Service. That has improved fairly dramatically. We also have some industry pollution incidents. Invariably, it proves very difficult to identify the sources of those. That has been particularly problematic in rivers like the Sixmilewater, where there has been a regular number of incidents but an inability to identify...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fish Kill: Aghlisk River (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I do not have the detail of when the last time was, but many cases are brought. It is usual for that to happen. They are reported regularly, so people know the costs that can be involved. Those costs can be hefty, because there is full cost recovery for the incident. People are usually talking not about hundreds of pounds but about many thousands and, sometimes, five-figure sums.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fish Kill: Aghlisk River (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have directly met the Infrastructure Minister on that issue. We need to be very careful that the area plans produced by local authorities take full cognisance of Northern Ireland Water's ability to deal with the sewage arising from new developments. I am not sure that that is the case. That area needs to be addressed. At the Executive, I have supported additional funding for Northern...

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

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I wish to group questions 6 and 9 together. My Department has commenced preparations for a new Northern Ireland biodiversity strategy that will take account of the international post-2020 targets for biodiversity. Those targets will be discussed at the forthcoming international meeting known as COP15, the fifteen meeting of the Conference of Parties to the...

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

Edwin Poots: — recognising the importance of urban gardens in providing a refuge for biodiversity.

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

Edwin Poots: I absolutely recognise that we need to do more biodiversity work, and that is one of the reasons why I have commissioned a peatlands strategy, for example. That strategy is close to completion and will be made public during this session of the Assembly. The peatlands strategy is an important piece of work for a very large part of our biodiversity — not the only part, but a large part. We...

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

Edwin Poots: My Department has commenced preparations for a new Northern Ireland biodiversity strategy. The strategy will implement the international post-2020 targets for biodiversity that will be agreed when the COP15 meets later this year. Protecting and restoring biodiversity in Northern Ireland is a long-term commitment. The actions that we take now will enable Northern Ireland to meet the...

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

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer questions 1 and 5 together. I want to ensure that Northern Ireland plays its part in minimising greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change head-on. I am committed to Northern Ireland having its own climate change legislation to achieve that. We do not need just any Bill; we need the right, evidenced-based climate change Bill that sets...

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

Edwin Poots: No. I did not have input into the private Member's Bill. It was not consulted upon with the public in the first instance. There are serious flaws in the private Member's Bill. Leaving aside the issues that I outlined about not taking the independent expert advice and simply latching on to what is happening in other jurisdictions, where there is no direct interchange, leads to the very...

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

Edwin Poots: First, there is the risk of job losses in the agri-food sector, which employs well over 100,000 people. If there is a 50% reduction in beef and dairy, which are the two largest parts of the sector, there will be job losses. For example, County Tyrone is a hub for agri-food and has many large factories. Such a reduction would lead to job losses and have an impact on the regional balance of our...


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