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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Anaerobic Digestion Plants (7 Dec 2020)

Trevor Lunn: T5. Mr Lunn asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, after asking the Minister for the Economy to pass on his best wishes to his constituency colleague Edwin Poots, to outline the potential impact on the provision of anaerobic digestion plants in light of the fact that Minister Poots has let it be known more than once that he does not think that Northern Ireland needs...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (7 Dec 2020)

Mervyn Storey: T6. Mr Storey asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, after passing on his best wishes to his colleague Edwin Poots and adding to the Minister for the Economy’s comments about the River Bann, in that she will know that it runs through his constituency, where Drumaheagles, which is adjacent to the River Bann, is a beautiful part of Northern Ireland, where, no doubt,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: UK Trade Deals: Japan and Canada (7 Dec 2020)

Gordon Dunne: I also pass on my best wishes to the Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots. I got a message from him today saying that he is receiving great service, so he appreciates the health service to which he contributed as Minister. I thank the Minister for her answers. I welcome the great news and the opportunities for the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland. Can she give the House an assurance that...

Northern Ireland Protocol: Implementation Proposals (18 Nov 2020)

Tony Lloyd: Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister, has made it clear that he does not believe that the new border control posts necessary to control the movement of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland will be in place by 1 January. The Association of Freight Software Suppliers has made it clear that it does not believe that the customs declaration service will be operable by 1...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Honeybees (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: The honeybee is an incredibly important aspect of our environment and biodiversity. I have spoken to officials about developing a strategy on honeybees and worms, as both species make a massively important contribution. Some people perceive them as just tiny insects, but they have a vital role in the successful production of our food. It is certainly something that we are cognisant of....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Trader Support Service (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the question. The Trader Support Service is a device of Her Majesty's Government and HMRC. It is a new and unprecedented service. It is a free-to-use, end-to-end service that will guide traders through any changes to the way in which goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and into Northern Ireland from outside the UK. Essentially, the Trader Support...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farmers' Marts: Health-check Vans (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: That service has been run between the Department and the Public Health Agency (PHA). There are significant benefits to having the vans there at the current time. Appropriate arrangements are being made to ensure the safety of both staff and users. One of the things that the vans are there to help with is people's mental health. They do physical checks, but they also have conversations around...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Glenelly Landslides (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I have asked officials to look at that. There are two sets of farmers in Glenelly: those with upland farms; and those who are further downstream. The Department has indicated that it has already provided a lot of support. Through the Loughs Agency and the environmental farming scheme, it has provided fencing. We need to look at that area to ensure that, if we were to provide support, we would...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fisheries Local Action Group (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: Once outside the European Union, we will have considerable scope. We are in discussions on state aid to maximise the money that we can have for agriculture and fisheries. State aid for fisheries is still being extensively debated. I hope that we will get an outcome that ensures that we can provide good support to fisheries and enable those local groups to provide support to the industry.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Planning Applications (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: Like a lot of organisations, NIEA has quite a lot of staffing pressures, and COVID has not helped things. Nonetheless, we still have targets that have been set for good for good reason and which we should be seeking to fulfil. We also have the complication of what we are going to do about ammonia. I have indicated that, at the moment, we should use the 1% threshold, as opposed to the 0·1%...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Forestry: Carbon (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the question. There is a positive and a negative to that. The positive is that forestry can provide a break for ammonia, so strategically located bands of trees could do some good. The problem with trees is that they are hungry for water. Using water close to the peatlands leads to them being drier, and, consequently, they lose carbon on that front. Forestry at the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: EU Trade Deals (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: The UK Government have been negotiating with countries that have a free trade agreement with the EU, with the aim of putting in place a continuity agreement that would apply equivalent provisions to the UK. Those negotiations have made good progress, and it is expected that a large majority of those countries will have a continuity agreement in place on 1 January 2021. Trade with other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping and Littering (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: My Department has been working closely with councils throughout COVID-19 to address increased concerns about fly-tipping. Officials have also been in regular contact and have been engaging with council colleagues, through the local and central government waste working group, on the development of a revised Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)/district council fly-tipping protocol. While...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Seed and Ware Potatoes (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I wrote to Minister Eustice on 30 October highlighting the significance of this issue to the Northern Ireland agriculture and food services sector and urged him to expedite agreement with the EU on third-country listing for GB to enable seed and ware potatoes to be marketed in Northern Ireland. I have also asked for a derogation to the prohibition that will apply to seed and ware potatoes...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Beef Farming: Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: This refers to valued added tax, which is a reserved matter and therefore the responsibility of HM Treasury and HMRC. The changes that will be made to the agricultural flat rate scheme from 1 January 2021 are that farm businesses can join the scheme if their turnover from farming-related activities is less than £150,000 and that they are required to leave the scheme if that turnover...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Brexit: Veterinary Officers and Portal Inspectors (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: DAERA is planning to employ an additional nine veterinary officers and 14 portal inspectors in its portal branch at the points of entry into Northern Ireland, which are primarily at Larne and Belfast, from the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. Those additional posts are being filled through external recruitment competitions and the internal transfer of staff.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Basic Payment Scheme Simplifications and the Direction of Travel for Future Agricultural Policy in Northern Ireland, including Support Payments (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: Yes, the Member raises that specific case, and that is the sort of investment that is very often required to be sustainable in modern farming. You are looking at investments of hundreds of thousands of pounds just to create something that is viable and produces a way forward. Profitability is key, and how we support our agriculture sector in being profitable is much more important than...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council: Environment (17 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: Afforestation was not part of the agenda, but I know that there are organisations that are dedicated to ensuring that land that is currently in a forest remains that way. That is certainly something that we should support; if tree planting is taking place and we have created woodland, it should not be taken away. There are those who grow trees to be harvested, which is fair enough because...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Criminal Justice (Committal Reform) Bill: Second Stage (16 Nov 2020)

Paul Givan: I also welcome the Minister back in her place. We are thankful for her speedy recovery. I also thank — I know that she did not — her Executive colleague Edwin Poots, who kindly offered to take the Second Stage of the Bill through today and, indeed, the Consideration Stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill last week. I know that the Minister is able to do it today, but it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Aquaculture and Marine (16 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I am not sure how it relates to the topic, but temporary facilities will be available from 15 December and will be in place. That is the action that has been taken. Permanent facilities will not be available until, probably, the middle of next year, but the procurement procedures have started, the companies have been awarded the contracts and certificates of lawful use or development (CLUDs)...


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