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Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Environment (16 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: A number of the LIFE projects that we mentioned have taken place. They have been achieved through work done by Departments, agencies and their partnerships operating in both jurisdictions. The LIFE projects have environmental priorities. There are a small number of them. I will write to the Member to give him the detail of the projects so that he can get fully updated on them.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 3) Bill: Final Stage (10 Nov 2020)

Pam Cameron: ...problem always arises when it comes to closing a local hospital, for instance, and then we, as public representatives, lose our nerve. That is not always the case. I remember well that my colleague Edwin Poots reduced A&E in his constituency when he was Health Minister. That took guts, and guts is what we need to have at this time. We need to have a serious public conversation based on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (3 Nov 2020)

Christopher Stalford: No other Members have indicated that they wish to speak. I call the Minister, Mr Edwin Poots, to conclude and make his winding-up speech on the debate.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: COVID-19: Fishing Industry (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for the question. First, that was the quickest and most generous of the packages that was offered anywhere on these islands. Secondly, in thinking about how we go forward, we need to ensure that we get our share of the additional fishing. It is great that we have the opportunity to bid for it. We have been restricted for so many years in the number of fish that we can catch...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Border Control Checks: Update (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I am glad to say that the people who will check at the points of entry are vets and environmental health officers from Northern Ireland who are provided by our Department and by local authorities.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Anaerobic Digester Plants: Planning Permission (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: The answer to that question is quite clear. If you establish an anaerobic digester prior to having planning permission, you will not get your waste management licence. If you get your planning permission retrospectively, you can apply for your waste management licence.

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

Edwin Poots: Yes. The Treasury has indicated that it thinks it can take £34 million that was previously identified for us. We are contesting that. The figure is slightly less in Scotland per head of population, and significantly greater in Wales. As I understand, it is happening in England as well. We all need to oppose that. Scottish and Welsh colleagues and I have written to the appropriate Ministers...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Farm Business Investment Scheme (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: One element of the new farm business investment scheme is that we will give additional points to people who are covering tanks or buying equipment that has low emission spreading applied to it. That in itself will help with the ammonia problem that Ms Bailey raised earlier. We intend to run that course over the next number of years — not just that; we will add to it going forward. A...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Irish Sea Border: Infrastructure (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I believe that we have permissions back on two sites and will have the third one back this week. As soon as they receive that, I have instructed officials to make them available to any Member who may wish to have them.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Lough Neagh Fishing Community (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: We had to take legal advice on the distribution of funding. That advice has been received, and we are now in a position to move forward. I hope that, over the next number of weeks, we will be able to indicate to the fishermen on the ground what is available to them.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environmental Protection and Governance (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I have been asked by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister to produce papers that they will take significant account of in their negotiations, and we are doing that around a potential means of dealing with the problems that have arisen from the protocol. It is incredibly important that we achieve that and that the European Union recognises that Northern Ireland could be damaged as...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Basic Payment Scheme (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: Northern Ireland farmers are receiving their full direct payments in one lump sum this year. Payments began to issue on Friday, 16 October 2020, with 94% of payments totalling £265·7million going out on the first day. By the end of the first week, payments had increased to 97% — £275·5 million. Payment letters are being issued by post but can also be viewed online at DAERA online...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mullaghglass Landfill Site (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will take questions 7 and 10 together. I have been advised by officials from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) that 13 additional gas extraction wells have been installed in the active area of the landfill. The work was completed on 16 October 2020. The additional wells have now been connected to the gas extraction system. The site gas engineer...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Act (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I am currently finalising a discussion document consultation on a future Northern Ireland climate change Bill that I will publish in the next number of weeks. A climate change Bill for Northern Ireland must be given proper thought and consultation to ensure that the measures that we take are appropriate and will deliver benefits and that we allow business time to adjust to a new way of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 (3 Nov 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for his question. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act relates to a range of policy areas — gating orders, vehicles, litter, graffiti, dogs, noise and statutory nuisances — relevant to both clean neighbourhoods and the environment. Those policy areas are the responsibility of a number of Departments, including my Department and the Department for Infrastructure....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment No. 5) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (19 Oct 2020)

Jim Allister: ...his party endorsed, is quite inappropriate. Maybe a little embarrassing. Maybe that is why, today, we have had but one token speech from the DUP Benches on that issue. Where are the defenders of Edwin Poots? We are told in press briefings that, apparently, it was not a solo run. I suspect that that is probably right. If it was not a solo run, he is looking very solo tonight in this debate....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Main Estimates 2020-21 and Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates 2016-17 Statement of Excesses (19 Oct 2020)

Pat Sheehan: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I draw the Speaker's attention to the remarks made by the AERA Minister, Edwin Poots, on Friday, when he accused the nationalist/Catholic community of having spread this virus. He also called into question the collective decision-making of the Executive. Those comments were unbecoming of any Executive Minister, and I ask the Speaker to investigate the remarks...

Fisheries Bill [Lords]: New Clause 8 - Agency arrangements between sea fish licensing authorities (13 Oct 2020)

Carla Lockhart: ...temptation to begin this new era by prescribing draconian solutions across the board, as represented by remote electronic monitoring. On 29 September, the Fisheries Minister in Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots MLA, told the Assembly that “it is important that we have that devolved flexibility to choose from the range of management tools and measures, and pick those that are best suited to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Traffic Blockages: Post-Brexit Ports (12 Oct 2020)

Edwin Poots: I have made it clear, certainly for the Northern Ireland ports, that we are not to have any blockages. That is something that we have fought for. Provided that the European Union does not behave in a difficult way, most people in Northern Ireland will not notice any checks that are happening because it will, perhaps, be one lorry per boat that is checked. That check should last for about an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Communities: Funding Programmes (12 Oct 2020)

Edwin Poots: My officials have reviewed some of the processes around the current programme and have started to revise certain procedures to reduce red tape and make the application process more efficient, within the context of 'Managing Public Money' and the audit responsibilities that come with that. It is something that I continue to drive home to them. There is a necessity to make things as practical...


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