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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Tourism Sectoral Format (27 Apr 2009)

Edwin Poots: I thank my colleague Mr McFarland for highlighting the deficiencies of Tourism Ireland, which is an all-Ireland body that his party established. Will the Minister ensure that sterling’s weakness against the euro and, indeed, the dollar gives Northern Ireland a key marketing advantage over the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe? Will she ensure that Northern Ireland has an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Autism: Cross-departmental Strategy (14 Jan 2014)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the question.  Departments have recognised the need for greater collaboration across agencies to deliver services for people with autism and their families.  In striving to achieve that, Departments will endeavour to make more effective use of existing resources, and if additional investment becomes available for autism services, Departments and their service...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Alcohol Misuse (7 Apr 2014)

Edwin Poots: I am always delighted to develop all-island strategies on the issue, and that is why I have been engaging with colleagues in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.  I do not see the benefit of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland or Scotland going it alone.  If we can do this across these British Isles, it will be transformational.  I encourage other Ministers to move...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Food Packaging (22 Sep 2020)

Edwin Poots: Absolutely. That is something that the Department will look at. CAFRE provides the most amazing services to businesses, including in food development. We are privileged to have the facility at Loughry college in Cookstown, which is in the Member's constituency. A lot of work is done there on packaging, because it is critical that we do packaging well and in a way that has least impact on the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Point of Entry Facilities (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: That is a possibility, and it is for the British Government to consider it. It is also a possibility that any goods that are being consumed in Northern Ireland and any product that is coming to Northern Ireland and will remain here will have no detrimental impact on the European Union's single market. Mr Coveney, Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin could tell the European Union that that is the case...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Simultaneous Interpretation of Assembly Business in Irish and Ulster Scots (15 Jun 2021)

John O'Dowd: ...that's how we got back to the Assembly, and therefore we cannot afford to move away from NDNA"? The Member may think that those are my words, but they are the words of the leader of his party, Edwin Poots. Are you committed to NDNA or not?

Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Protocol (20 Jan 2021)

Claire Hanna: I thank the Secretary of State for his words about Edwin Poots. Everybody here is rooting for the Minister in his battle. Has the Secretary of State given any thought to structures he can use to engage with the Irish Government on the protocol and other relevant issues now that they are not meeting within EU frameworks? Specifically, does he think the British-Irish Council or the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Northern Ireland Events Company (3 Jun 2008)

Edwin Poots: No clear, substantive evidence of criminal intent or gain by anyone involved has come to light as yet. However, there may be sufficient evidence of fraudulent activity to warrant further investigation. We have consulted the PSNI and have passed the draft report of the independent review of the NIEC to it for its consideration. The report has also been passed to DETI for consideration of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Planning Applications (1 Mar 2010)

Edwin Poots: It is very clear: representations on planning issues should be about planning matters, not about social concerns. In that case, the planning issues that an individual Member raised with me related to roads; road safety; access between the Bryansford Road and the Burrenbridge Road; bus usage of those roads; parking for those vehicles; and the proposed access from the chapel car park to the GAA...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: British-Irish Council: Environment (14 Mar 2011)

Edwin Poots: That was not on the agenda. However, I have engaged in correspondence with the UK Government on the issue, as have my colleagues from Scotland and Wales. We do not see the issue as closed. The change in the carbon reduction commitment would be a huge detriment to reducing climate change. It will also be of huge financial detriment to Northern Ireland and the other devolved Administrations....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: A5 Dual Carriageway (7 Jun 2011)

Tom Elliott: ...Executive were the Minister for Regional Development and the Minister of the Environment? Who held the position of Minister of the Environment over the past four years? It was Arlene Foster, Edwin Poots and one other. How did they allow that to slip through?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Kinship Care (29 Nov 2011)

Edwin Poots: We have to be very clear about the standards that are set. We will uphold standards that ensure that children are well looked after, receive full appropriate care and be in a place of safety at all times. A lot of those children come from backgrounds where they have been in very dangerous and vulnerable situations. Therefore, it is incumbent on us to get them the maximum amount of protection...

Northern Ireland Assembly: ‘Protecting Children, Supporting Parents’ (2000) (12 Feb 2002)

Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I understand that, when the timetable was made, it was not expected that we would be as far ahead of schedule as we currently are. This debate has been scheduled to last only for an hour and a half. With the leave of the House, perhaps we could extend the time for approximately 45 minutes. That would give all those who wish to speak on this important...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Hospitals: Staffing Levels (3 Dec 2013)

Edwin Poots: As indicated, the Chief Nursing Officer has carried out work on normative staffing levels for nurses.  I am delighted to say that, over the past two and a half years, we have appointed many more nurses; in fact, we have appointed around 500 more nurses.  That is good news for the people of Northern Ireland.  I am sure that the Member will appreciate that and, perhaps, want to include it in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Areas: Replacement Funding (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: There is no indication from any other source that there is a problem. That is money that had not been spent, but would have been spent by 2023. My Department would argue that it has acted prudently in the distribution of that funding and is being punished as a consequence. As I indicated, Wales is suffering even worse as a result. We will continue to argue strongly for that particular...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Single Waste Disposal Authority (7 Dec 2009)

Edwin Poots: The Member can be in no doubt that a substantial amount of fuel laundering has taken place in recent years. I recently asked for a report on what happens to the waste from fuel laundering, and I intend to put pressure on HM Revenue and Customs regarding the matter. Such illegal activities damage the environment and society, and they feed paramilitary organisations. I urge all Members to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Local Government (Finance) Bill: Second Stage (27 Apr 2010)

Edwin Poots: We will restrain ourselves to what is in the legislation. I once again thank Members for their contributions. I see the Bill as a valuable and significant step forward in developing a system of local government that supports strong and accountable financial administration by councils on behalf of the communities that they serve. I commend the Bill to the House. Question put and agreed to....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Eating Disorders (1 May 2012)

Edwin Poots: The HSC has been having that discussion with the private sector to establish how many beds we in the HSC would be buying from it if such a unit were established. We are doing that already, as we are sending young people who suffer from anorexia and so on to other parts of the UK, and we are buying these services off the private sector there. So, I would welcome the opportunity to engage in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Attendance Allowance (11 Sep 2012)

Edwin Poots: While attendance allowance can be paid to older people who have a disability, it is a matter for DSD to determine the effectiveness of allowances and benefits that are intended to support people with disabilities regardless of age.  As with any incapacity allowance or benefit, attendance allowance can be used in conjunction with other benefits and services to help older people to maintain...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Roe House (9 Dec 2014)

Edwin Poots: The Minister's last comment is very important, as the director general indicated that one threat is one too many. It is absolutely criminal that we continue to give concessions to prisoners while the threats continue. Will Minister Ford stand with the director general in saying that one threat is one too many, or is he so caught up in the spirit of Christmas that he will continue to be the...


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