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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Port Staff (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am happy to do that. We have developed, since June 2020, the costs over the last year. The cost for vets, including managers, is £5,271,696. The cost for the other ancillary staff provided by DAERA is £6,324,902. The cost of the environmental health officers and ancillary staff provided by the councils is £12,848,034. That brings us to a total of £24,444,632.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Urban/rural Divide (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Our food processing sector continues to grow, and we are delighted to support it in so many ways. I have just launched a significant investment in the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE). The greater part of that investment, some £43 million for the Loughry campus in Cookstown, is in food processing. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that rural communities do not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Justice Minister and I met earlier this month to discuss that very issue.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: That is why I have secured the provision that we have. That is a demonstration of our commitment to the rural community, which goes beyond the agriculture sector, and of our ability to assist rural communities in a tangible way in conjunction with other key bodies. For example, the farm families health checks will be carried out in conjunction with trusts. Much of the work that we will do...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Applications to Area-based Schemes (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Last November, I stated my belief that the decision of the independent panel in review-of-decision cases should be final. My officials are working to put in place the necessary legislation, and a consultation document will be published shortly. The tenure of the current panel ends in January 2022, and the consultation document will ask for views on the make-up of a future panel, given its...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fish Kill: Aghlisk River (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Following extensive investigations by the Loughs Agency, it is confident that the source of the pollution has been identified and stopped. Analytical results from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) laboratories are now awaited. That will determine the next steps for the Loughs Agency. As with all investigations of this nature, details remain sub judice until their formal...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I wish to group questions 6 and 9 together. My Department has commenced preparations for a new Northern Ireland biodiversity strategy that will take account of the international post-2020 targets for biodiversity. Those targets will be discussed at the forthcoming international meeting known as COP15, the fifteen meeting of the Conference of Parties to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer questions 1 and 5 together. I want to ensure that Northern Ireland plays its part in minimising greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change head-on. I am committed to Northern Ireland having its own climate change legislation to achieve that. We do not need just any Bill; we need the right, evidenced-based climate change Bill that sets...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Transport (25 May 2021)

Jim Allister: If Mr Edwin Poots is as good as his word, that will have been one of the last North/South meetings until the Union-dismantling protocol is, itself, dismantled. As an enthusiast for the Belfast Agreement, the Minister must know that it is said to be built on the equilibrium of sustaining east-west relations and North/South relations. With the key east-west economic relations having been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Green New Deal (24 May 2021)

Gary Middleton: ...Party Ministers continue to champion the green recovery and the need to address climate change around the Executive table. The inter-ministerial group on green growth has been established by Edwin Poots, the AERA Minister. The Executive's overarching, multi-decade, green growth strategy and delivery framework for Northern Ireland aims to transform our society towards net zero by 2050,...

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)

Edwin Poots: The Member knows that the protocol per se is not acceptable to the Minister. We will do everything that we can, politically and legally, to ensure that we find ourselves in an acceptable position. An acceptable position is one that does not have blockages between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The protocol is bad for the economy. It is bad for consumers. It is bad for agriculture....

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

Edwin Poots: Thank you. — on its key aspect, which is the long-term greenhouse gas emissions target. Is the spirit of the Bill just to cherry-pick the advice and evidence that suits and to disregard any sound or impartial evidence? I could say more, Mr Speaker, but I respect your call. I oppose the Bill as it is currently proposed.

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

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for giving way. It is important that we debate that issue fully because we have not had a public consultation. I have to say that it is poor form not to have had that consultation, irrespective of whether it had to be done. With regard to mixed clover and all the issues that the Member has raised as potential abatements, I accept that and agree that they have potential....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mourne Mountains: Wildlife Population (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The community response was fantastic. They recognised that the fire personnel were working extremely hard up those mountains. The food did not come just from the Newcastle area. The people of Newcastle were absolutely fantastic, but people sent provisions for the fire personnel down from Belfast and from far beyond the immediate area. In areas with that quality heathland and those beautiful...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: UK-EU Veterinary Agreement (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member welcomes doing things that reduce the impact of the protocol. I also welcome those things. We do things that help, for example, potatoes or other materials to come into Northern Ireland, but many other things are negatively impacted. Ultimately, we need to deal with the underlying problem: the protocol. Northern Ireland does not pose a threat to the European Union single market....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Firefighters’ Memorial Day (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for her question. What she said is entirely valid and correct. I spent time with the firefighters in the Mournes around 10 days ago. It was a devastating fire, but it was not the first. Our firefighters were out before that, have been out since and are out every year, and that does not get a media profile. The wider public do not see that because the firefighting is more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Wages Board (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: For years, we were told, and virtually all parties said, that we needed to reduce quangos. The Agricultural Wages Board is a quango. I have not gone back on my word on reducing quangos. Such a board does not exist in any other sector. We do not have a health wages board, an education wages board or a builders' wages board. The Agricultural Wages Board was there when agriculture wages were...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Plastic Reduction Action Plan: Narrow Scope (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: There are some nine different pieces of plastic involved. It is our intention to roll things out considerably further and to increase the plastic bag levy, which we are doing currently. We recognise the damage that plastic does and the fact that much unrequired plastic has been used in the past. We therefore want to screen out single-use plastics from Departments and, indeed, beyond.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Lough Neagh (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Lough Neagh is a huge asset and, I believe, an underutilised one. I have said that from my early days of visiting Lough Neagh at Antrim or Oxford Island. I would love to see Lough Neagh more utilised. It is the largest body of fresh water in the United Kingdom. We have tremendous opportunities from the agri-environment side to reduce pollution in Lough Neagh. It has faced problems with...


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