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Northern Ireland Assembly: Equality (6 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: Madam Deputy Speaker, it is good to see you back in the Chair. This is an interesting debate, and it is interesting to see who has brought the equality issue forward. I shall touch a little on the equality schemes in the first instance. I have to concur with some of Mr ONeill’s remarks. Many of the responses have lacked clarity, particularly in relation to staff training, resourcing,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Point of Order (12 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Two weeks ago, on Sunday night, Mr Ed McCoy was murdered in Dunmurry, which is in my constituency. BBC security sources are now indicating that the IRA was responsible. Given the commitment to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means in the pledge of office, I would like a ruling on how certain Ministers can continue to hold their...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Food Safety and Health: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (12 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: A large part of this document concerns food safety. I should like to make it clear to the House today that the importance of food safety will be recognised in Northern Ireland. In that respect, will the growing incidence of BSE in the Irish Republic, which now far exceeds that in Northern Ireland, be raised with the food advisory body? Will the over-30-month cattle be banned from Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Supply (Northern Ireland Departments) (12 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: A number of Members said that there is not enough money in this budget. Of course, there never can be enough money in the budget, no matter how large it is. I am sure that Members could make demands of the Minister which would spend all that money. Nevertheless, there is some validity in that point, and a lot of it is down to the Barnett formula that sets the budget for Northern Ireland. As I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Dromore Bypass (19 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister for Regional Development to indicate when work is likely to commence on the Dromore bypass. (AQO 291/99)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Abortion (20 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: This is certainly a very appropriate debate. Judging by the number of people listening to it in the Strangers’ Gallery and the number of people who have put their names down to speak, it is obvious that it is a debate that touches people’s deepest emotions and their feelings about how things should be done in our country. I welcome Mr Wells’s bringing this motion before the House and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Northern Ireland Block Grant (26 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether the block grant from the United Kingdom Government has decreased in real terms over the past 10 years. (AQO 336/99)

Northern Ireland Assembly: European Union Programmes: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (26 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: Will the Minister indicate if discussions took place about the mechanism to be employed in the analysis of need, and will he confirm that the Robson index will not be used in distributing the Peace II money as it is now nine years old, completely outdated and has no relevance to the current situation? (Mr Deputy Speaker [Sir John Gorman] in the Chair)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Public Transport (27 Jun 2000)

Edwin Poots: This is an interesting debate, and I thank Mr Byrne for bringing it forward. Some Members seem to want to use this debate as a "whinger’s charter". I refer in particular to Mr Dallat’s very poor and inept contribution. He seeks to blame the Minister for the problems that the railways and roads have had over the years. We might as well blame Minister Rodgers for the BSE crisis,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Waterways (3 Jul 2000)

Edwin Poots: I would like to ask the Minister to state the basis on which we are employing an extra 70 members of staff and what impact that will have on the amount of money required by the Culture, Arts and Leisure Department to pay for that.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture: North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (3 Jul 2000)

Edwin Poots: It comes as no surprise that Mr Walsh TD is fully backing our case for low incidence BSE status. If I were sitting with one hundred times the cases of BSE that another country had, I would be backing its arguments for low incidence BSE status. It will help his case significantly. Since devolution, has the Minister at any point questioned the Irish Republic’s Minister about BSE cases? Does...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Exclusion of Sinn Féin (4 Jul 2000)

Pat Doherty: ...dialogue, and speak through the chairperson, who happens to be a member of Sinn Féin. Mr Campbell tries not to get into the debate, but when he has to, he does so regularly. William McCrea and Edwin Poots serve with Mitchell McLoughlin and Mick Murphy on the Environment Committee. Denis Watson, the Orange Order leader who will not speak to the residents, but who will sit with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee of the Centre (Chairmanship) (11 Sep 2000)

Lord John Alderdice: I further inform the House that Mr Edwin Poots has been appointed Chairman of the Committee of the Centre.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Water Supply: Cryptosporidium (11 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: As a public representative for the Lagan Valley and Lisburn Borough Council areas, where most of the contamination occurred, I have had to deal with angry constituents — elderly people as well as those with young children — who have been infected by cryptosporidium. The extent of the community’s anger at the fact that their water system could be contaminated in this way should not be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Environment:  North/South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting (11 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Was there any discussion surrounding the major accident hazards directive? This is an EU directive which applies to all EU countries, but it has not been fulfilled by some, including the Irish Republic, which was supposed to fulfil it one year ago. We share the same waters and air space, so if there were a major accident in the Irish Republic, it could have a significant impact on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly: Committee on Standards and Privileges (11 Sep 2000)

Resolved: That Mr Paul Berry shall replace Mr Edwin Poots on the Committee of Standards and Privileges. — [Mr Dodds]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Fuel Costs (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Is the Member aware that about three quarters of a billion litres of the fuel used here is bought outside the Province, with a loss to the economy of about £460 million? The high-taxation policy is detrimental to jobs and reduces the amount of revenue that is raised in the Province.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of first minister and deputy first minister: Civic Forum (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: Can the First and Deputy First Ministers confirm that a selection list for the 18 community representatives has already been drawn up, that that list is biased against the Unionist community, and that representatives of the gay and lesbian community have been given equal status to those representing older people, youth and women? Can they also confirm that the Irish language has been included...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of first minister and deputy first minister: Regional Development (18 Sep 2000)

Lord John Alderdice: ...of the Environment. That question will now receive a written answer from that Department. Similarly, Oral Question 8, again to the Minister for Regional Development, standing in the name of Mr Edwin Poots, should have been directed to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. That question will now receive a written answer from that Department.

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Environment: Planning (Human-Rights Law) (18 Sep 2000)

Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister of the Environment if he is satisfied that the current system of planning and appeals in his Department will meet the requirements of the proposed new human-rights legislation. (AQO 9/00)

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