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

Edwin Poots: That policy has been completed and is with me at the minute, so I imagine that, over the next couple of weeks, we will be ready to move it ahead and get it launched.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farmers' Mental Well-being (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Department's tackling rural poverty and social isolation (TRPSI) programme funds the Rural Support charity, the farm families health checks programme and the SPRING social prescribing project, which supports mental well-being in farming communities. The Rural Support charity operates a telephone helpline and a signposting service for farmers and their families. Its experienced volunteers...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Recreational Angling: Lower Bann (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: My Department has an annual programme to maintain and improve infrastructure at angling waters, including the provision of disabled angling stands and improved pathways. Some of these waters are located in the lower Bann catchment, such as those at Movanagher, Portna and the Ballymoney river etc. Plans to improve the access road and fishing stands at Movanagher canal are being considered. The...

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

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will group questions 1 and 5. Under the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, which embodies the Northern Ireland protocol, Northern Ireland is required to align with the European Union’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules, an agreement made by the UK and the EU that was not supported by any unionist party in Northern Ireland...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Centenary of Northern Ireland (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I appreciate the opportunity that the Assembly has taken to mark the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland. It has been a period when we have had many good, positive things and many people who have excelled. Harry Ferguson was a great inventor. My dad bought a farm off him many years ago, and it is something that we really cherish. Poets such as Seamus Heaney, writers such as C. S. Lewis,...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting: Northern Ireland (29 Apr 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ...policy is a devolved matter. Many sector organisations operate at UK level, and we continue to engage with the devolved administrations on these issues. Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots announced in 2020 the next stage of the Forests for our Future programme by launching a grant scheme to encourage and help landowners plant woodlands. This will help to meet Northern...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (26 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Members who spoke on the Bill and for the widespread support across the House for the legislation moving to the next stage. I appreciate the points that have been raised by Members. Some raised the issue of the ability of dog tracks to draw down funding of this nature, which is not available at this time. The Bill really picks up what was available under previous legislation,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Harmony Lane, North Belfast (26 Apr 2021)

William Humphrey: I thank the Minister. It is my understanding that the Lord Mayor has not yet had a response. This morning, my party colleague the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots, visited the site, along with council colleagues and local residents. The Minister agreed to convene a multi-agency round-table discussion, including representatives from the Departments that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Wildfire in the Mourne Mountains (26 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: We probably need to put our own house in order in the first instance. Where there are cross-border fires, which do happen occasionally, the level of cooperation is fantastic. That is not an issue. Where there are resources, either in the Republic of Ireland, for a fire in Northern Ireland, or, for a fire in the Republic of Ireland, in Northern Ireland, they are already available. There is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (26 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Horse Racing (Amendment) Bill [NIA Bill 20/17-22] be agreed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Conversion Therapy (20 Apr 2021)

Cara Hunter: ...from the party opposite. Sammy Wilson, DUP: "I don't care if they are ratepayers. As far as I am concerned they are perverts." Thomas Buchanan, DUP, said that homosexuality is: "an abomination." Edwin Poots, DUP: "It is unnatural in the first instance, and abominable in the second instance." Iris Robinson, DUP: "Gay people are more vile than child abusers." That last quotation is from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Food Strategy Framework (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have done considerable work on that, and we are at the point of making an appointment to take that forward along with the Economy Minister. That is being progressed and will be announced next week. Given the sad death of the Duke of Edinburgh, we do not propose to make the announcement this week.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Policy Framework: Update (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: There has been significant stakeholder engagement and consultation in developing the draft rural policy framework. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it has had across rural areas, we have been reviewing the draft of the rural policy framework document to ensure that it reflects the ever-changing context, before going to public consultation. It has always been the intention...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Bill: Consultation (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Climate Change Committee is the expert independent panel set up by the UK Government. They have appointed independent experts to give that advice. Our Department works closely with all the bodies and NGOs involved in environmental issues. We provide them with significant financial support, and we listen to what they have to say and engage with them on the issues. I suggest that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Pet Vaccinations (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for her question. I welcome the fact that the mitigation was introduced in January and gave us those six months. I was not looking for six months to allow us time to prepare, although some people were; I was looking for six months to negotiate away the nonsense of pets having to be treated for conditions that do not exist in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Bill: Consultation (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: As I indicated to Ms Dolan, we have been taking advice from the Climate Change Committee, which is a panel of independent experts. I recently received a letter from the chair of that committee. It indicated that the committee's "analysis has not produced a scenario for the UK net zero in 2050 that sees Northern Ireland reach net zero in the same year. We are not therefore able precisely to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Carbon Sequestration (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I want to engage closely with the Assembly on that work. We have significant opportunities for carbon storage in our peatlands, but that will involve wetting those peatlands. As a consequence, the farms that are closest will most likely lose the ability to graze their lands, certainly for as long as they are currently able to. Therefore, those farms need to be adequately compensated. The...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Roe Valley Country Park (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: My officials have confirmed that there is no further update at this time, following the information provided pursuant to AQW 10099/17-22 and the Member's freedom of information request, DAERA/20-334, which was received on 12 December. My officials have again confirmed that the project, which relates to the reinstatement of the hydroelectric scheme at Roe Valley Country Park, cannot be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project (13 Apr 2021)

Edwin Poots: I have received a portfolio of documents on the Islandmagee gas storage proposals. My Department is the competent authority on the marine licence, and I am also considering review documentation for the other two DAERA licences that were issued back in 2014 — a water discharge consent and a water abstraction licence. The documentation is comprehensive and will therefore take some time to be...


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