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Ireland/Northern Ireland: Solid Fuels - Question (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Hain: ...EU directives for cleaner air that have been retained and so also apply across the UK today. In Northern Ireland, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs under the DUP’s Edwin Poots said last year that there will soon be no smoky coal in Northern Ireland. Any future inspection on premises in the Republic of Ireland—not on some border that does not exist—to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (16 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: ...both amendments in this group. Amendment No 1 made: In page 2, line 24, at end insert - "(1A) In Article 2(2) (interpretation), omit the definition of 'modify'." — [Mr Poots (The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs).] Clause 3, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill. Clause 4 ordered to stand part of the Bill. New Clause Amendment No 2...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Health and Social Care Bill: Consideration Stage (16 Nov 2021)

Colin McGrath: ...COVID. COVID may have exacerbated those problems, but it did not create them. We still had long waiting lists when Michelle O'Neill left the post of Health Minister. We had people in corridors when Edwin Poots was Health Minister. It is amazing to see that the more things seem to change, the more they stay the same. The Bill is a step in the right direction. However, it is not a radical...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: First Stage (15 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to introduce the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill [NIA 45/17-22], which is a Bill to amend the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 in relation to service animals. Bill passed First Stage and ordered to be printed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Death of Austin Currie (15 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Austin Currie was a remarkable politician. He was, first and foremost, a very able politician, as demonstrated by the fact that he was a Minister in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You had only to listen to Austin Currie on the radio to know that he was an articulate politician. He spoke with great clarity and expressed his position remarkably well. He was also very...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Green Growth Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: The reintroduction of species will be dealt with in the biodiversity strategy. The green growth strategy is about ensuring that we take the right steps environmentally to address a range of issues and, at the same time, allow our economy to grow. Some people might think that you cannot do both. I am absolutely confident that not only can we do both but we will do both because we have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Environment Strategy (9 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I would be entirely supportive of reopening the Newry canal, the Ulster canal and Lagan navigation. They would be good investments for the future of our country, tourism and North/South linkages. They would all be hugely beneficial. Unfortunately, it is not my Department that drives that, so the question is to the wrong Minister. If the Minister who has responsibility brings that forward, I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Puppy Farming (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member is right: they are unscrupulous actions, and more needs to be done in that regard. I have impressed upon my officials the unacceptability of that trade and the fact that they need to stretch themselves in ensuring that they clamp down as hard as possible on individuals who are engaging in all sorts of things to circumvent the rules and the law and making considerable money from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change: Sammy Wilson (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I will leave the Member to ask the questions of Sammy when he gets the opportunity to do so. I represent the Department and my party in the Department, and we recognise that we all need to do considerably better on the environment than has been the case in the past. We need to do more in all areas, whether that is how much carbon or greenhouse gases that we produce — and the necessary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Trade Deals (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have spoken to senior people in Sainsbury's and Tesco recently. They have committed to buying products that meet certain environmental standards. For example, they will not be buying products from areas in which there is deforestation. In areas where there is no reduction in greenhouse gases, carbon and so forth, again, there will be issues. Those places and countries that want to produce...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Organic Egg Producers (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am concerned for the organic farming community. Its output is relatively small, in Northern Ireland terms, but it is an important community. As a consequence of its being a small sector, there are no local suppliers for much of its product and organic producers have to go elsewhere to import. Therein lies the problem, because, traditionally, most of that importation has come from Great...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Single-use Plastics (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have done a piece of work on the plastic bag levy, and that is, I understand, with the Committee at this stage. We will be bringing forward something very significant on that within the government estate. We have done a piece of work on eliminating around nine of the most common single-use plastics. We are also looking at a deposit-return scheme (DRS). We have to decide whether to go with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I do not have a further update on that issue for the Member.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am sorry that the Member may want to hype things up. A process was commenced as the result of an application. That process was conducted properly and correctly. At its conclusion, I was presented with the documentation. I sought no documentation throughout the process. I sought not to have any influence on the process. I merely allowed the process to be carried out to its conclusion, and I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Independent Strategic Review of the NI Agri-Food Sector (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am pleased to provide an update on the independent strategic review of the Northern Ireland agri-food sector, which, of course, the Member was instrumental in setting up. Sir Peter Kendall, who was appointed to lead the review, has met a range of stakeholders over the past six months to explore the challenges and opportunities that the agri-food sector faces. I look forward to reading his...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NSMC Withdrawal: Legal Costs (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: As the matter is ongoing, I am unable to provide a cost at this time, but I will be happy to do so when one is available.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Food Exports (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am aware of statistical reports that show large increases in food exports between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland compared with 2020. Caution needs to be applied to comparisons with 2020 given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption to trade. The increase in trade with the Republic of Ireland is not surprising given the trade barriers that have been put in place...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy: Glenarm Forest (8 Nov 2021)

Edwin Poots: Forests can become monocultures and not assist biodiversity, and that is why we need things that will help develop biodiversity. As we seek to tackle climate change, it is important that we ensure that biodiversity goes hand in hand with that and that we have a wide range of biodiversity. For example, Northern Ireland has far more hedgerows than probably anywhere else in the world — it...

Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (25 Oct 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...does not specifically apply to Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State in his introduction referred to that, but also referred to the discussions he has had with the Minister in Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, through the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. I know that the Minister probably does that nearly every week, and that there is regular communication between...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Planning Guidance: Impact on Rural Communities (19 Oct 2021)

Dolores Kelly: ...houses in rural areas and there was a massive outcry. It was picked up by Arlene Foster, who then led on PPS 14, which, of course, in June 2010, led on to PPS 21, which was the responsibility of Edwin Poots. The interpretations that have brought us to where we are on rural planning have very much a cross-party genesis. Our Minister sought to address the different interpretations across...


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