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Edwin Poots: — recognising the importance of urban gardens in providing a refuge for biodiversity.
Edwin Poots: Yes.
Edwin Poots: I remain committed to all my duties as a Minister in this devolved Assembly.
Edwin Poots: — to stand up and say, "We do not want this protocol either".
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.
Edwin Poots: The Justice Minister and I met earlier this month to discuss that very issue.
Christopher Stalford: I call Mr Edwin Poots, the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The Minister has 10 minutes.
Edwin Poots: There has been an effort from the outset to ensure that employees move to Ballykelly, without forcing people to do it against their will. That has proved to be very successful. As I indicated, the numbers there are a demonstration of its success.
Edwin Poots: That is why it would have been great to have someone like me as Minister over the last few years as opposed to the Assembly crashing and not operating. Those three years were wasted. A consequence of not having devolution is that everybody suffers in Northern Ireland, including the environment.
Edwin Poots: If Dale Farm has achieved something on the back of the protocol, I congratulate it, and I commiserate with the many thousands of businesses that are damaged as a consequence of the protocol.
Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 be affirmed.
Edwin Poots: Shared Environmental Services is an independent body that was established by a previous Minister, Alex Attwood, to look at those areas of special interest. It gives advice to councils and is paid for by councils. The body has no responsibility whatsoever to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Edwin Poots: I am considering a number of documents relating to the proposed Islandmagee gas storage project. The documents relate to an application for a marine licence and the review of a discharge consent and abstraction licence. The matter that I am determining is complex, and, as such, it is vital that I give the documentation all due consideration.
Edwin Poots: — Garvaghy Road and the other places where you seek votes. You are hurting your own people by looking for the rigorous implementation of the protocol, —
Edwin Poots: There is a proposal on that with the Department of Finance. That will go to the Executive for consideration.
Gordon Lyons: I completely agree with the point that the Member has made. The point on the animal welfare issue in particular is one that the Minister of Agriculture, Edwin Poots, has made in his representations to the Government, and I hope that they will be listened to and acted on as soon as possible.
Edwin Poots: I beg to move That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of the provisions of the Environment Bill, as brought to the House of Lords on 26 May 2021.
Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Climate Change (No. 2) Bill [NIA 28/17-22] be agreed.
Edwin Poots: That is a fact of life. That is what is causing the problem. Yes, Ms Sheerin.
Edwin Poots: I really do have to pull the Member into line for that last comment. Who says that EU workers are not welcome in Northern Ireland and that they left here because they were not welcome?