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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Jim Allister: I welcome these investments. I want to ask an AFBI-specific question. AFBI's laboratory testing is very important to our food exports etc. To date, it has been fully accredited to the UK accreditation system. However, courtesy of the iniquitous protocol, the EU is now dictating that the UK accreditation service is no longer acceptable. That has caused AFBI, according to its board minutes, to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Jim Allister: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. As you say, Mr Speaker, we are about to hear a statement from the Agriculture Minister. Of course, we were able to read that statement, effectively, in Saturday's 'Farming Life', and, today, we have had the Economy Minister in the media announcing what she is calling an economic vision for a decade of innovation. Why is it that the way that we now seem to do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: Well, of course, the much better option is not to let it get to Committee. It is so flawed and its potential so disastrous that it would be far better for the House to take courage and refuse it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: I have made it plain: I accept that we should all want to leave the planet in better shape than we found it, but I will not be swept along by the hysteria that climate change has never happened before and is happening now only because we have too many animals or too many factories or too many cars. Climate change happened long before we had cars or anything else. Climate change happens, and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: I do not think that I have denied that. However, I am saying that the answer is not to take 50% of our animals and slaughter them or to take 50% of our production and export it to the depleting rainforests of Brazil and then sit back smugly and say, "Didn't we do well?". That is the ethos of the Bill. People, much as Mr Wells might not like it, will continue to buy meat. Do they buy the meat...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: The easiest thing in politics is to follow the crowd. I do not intend to follow the crowd on the Bill, and I am glad that Mr Beggs does not either, nor, might I add, do I intend to follow the crowd of unionist leaders who are abandoning the leadership of their parties. [Laughter.] However, when you come to this subject, you find that the communal pressure that builds towards supporting a Bill...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: In this situation, is it not a little too simplistic to say that no one loses out, when we know that our agri-food industry will lose up to 50% of its production and that meat eaters, which the Member is not, will find that they are exporting their carbon to import their meat supplies, which will no longer be supplied locally? Is it not rather trite to suggest that no one will lose out?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Centenary of Northern Ireland (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: The Minister said that bids had been made. A couple of weeks ago, the Finance Minister told me in the House that he could recall no bids from any Department to mark the centenary, so can the Minister elaborate on what bids were made and to what extent and, indeed, what funds have been set aside in her Department to mark the centenary? Does she agree that it is beyond shameful that, here in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: PIP Appeal Hearings: North Antrim (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: The figure of 310 from Ballymena is particularly disappointing, although it does not surprise me. My office has an appeal next week that has been waiting 14 months. Will the Minister supply the average waiting time for an appeal in North Antrim? That certainly seems to be something that needs to be taken under control. The return of face-to-face services would be a major step forward.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: The Member talks about responding to communities, particularly the agriculture community etc. In clause 11(2), however, the door is slammed shut to all the sectors by virtue of the fact that it states: "the Executive Office must not propose any alteration which has the effect, whether directly or indirectly, of lowering any target" that is set in the legislation. Is it not, therefore,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: I hear what the Member says, but has he read clause 11(2)(e), which is very clear: "the Executive Office must not propose any alteration which has the effect, whether directly or indirectly, of lowering any target under section 3(2) of this Act from the level approved by the Assembly under section 2(3)"? How can he say that there is always the option to look again? There is no option in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Jim Allister: Before the Member leaves Part 2, will she give some explanation to the House of what clause 6(8) means? Clause 6(8) states: "The Climate Commissioner may do anything (including acquire or dispose of property or rights) which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the discharge of the functions of the Climate Commissioner." What rights is it anticipated that the climate...


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