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Edwin Poots

DUP MLA for Lagan Valley (25 Jun 1998 – current)


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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Food Processing Sector: Labour Shortages (20 Sep 2021)

Gordon Lyons: I completely agree with the point that the Member has made. The point on the animal welfare issue in particular is one that the Minister of Agriculture, Edwin Poots, has made in his representations to the Government, and I hope that they will be listened to and acted on as soon as possible.

Backbench Business: UK Maritime Sector — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (16 Sep 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...week. The network has the fishing industry at its core, and the fishing industry is at the core of my constituency of Strangford. In May, my party colleague and Northern Ireland Executive Minister Edwin Poots MLA published the “Fisheries and Seafood Development Programme”, which is probably the most extensive review of the sector carried out in the United Kingdom in recent times. It is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mullaghglass Landfill Site (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: There are considerable measures in place. One of the problems is that, as the landfill team prepare to seal the site completely, they bore wells, and, as they bore wells, fresh smells are introduced. In order to close a site down and to ensure that, in future years, there is not a continuing odour, it is necessary for that to happen. It is one of the problems that we have: if action is not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Protocol Difficulties: North/South Discussions (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: There have been discussions North/South and certainly many east-west. I have corresponded in writing and had telephone conversations with my colleagues in the UK Government on over 50 occasions, not to mention the dozens of meetings in which I have raised the issue and the difficulties caused by the protocol with them. I have also raised the issues with colleagues in the Irish Republic and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Badger Cull (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there. I have received a letter that, I think, has done the rounds with MLAs. There is a lot of inaccurate information in it. Our Department spent five years on a test and vaccinate or remove (TVR) exercise. It tested and vaccinated badgers and removed those that had TB. A considerable veterinary scientific experience was developed through...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NSMC: DUP Boycott (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I also stand by my word to serve in the best interests of the people whom I represent — the Member might reflect on that — whether they are people in Lough Neagh who are having trouble obtaining or selling their eels, farmers in west Tyrone or north Antrim who struggle to get blackface sheep from Scotland, which is an important part of their business, or the pedigree breeders who take...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Customs Checks (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: There is a proposal on that with the Department of Finance. That will go to the Executive for consideration.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Animal Cruelty Register (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I will just respond to the first comment: the protocol is not of our making. It is a political decision that is being implemented. It is not protecting the European Union single market because the goods are staying in Northern Ireland. Therefore, the goods coming from Great Britain for customers to buy in stores in Upper Bann pose no threat to the single market. You should stand up for your...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Independent Environmental Protection Agency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: It will have considerably less impact than the Northern Ireland protocol — well over 70% of our goods come in to Northern Ireland from Great Britain on some 419,000 HGVs per annum — and the consequences of not dealing with that issue and not arriving at a circumstance where that barrier is not put between Northern Ireland and its main body of trade, when we will be able to move things...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate and Ecological Emergency (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: My Department and I recognise the need for urgent action to tackle these issues, and we recognise the Assembly's climate emergency declaration of February 2020, when the Assembly also acknowledged a biodiversity crisis in Northern Ireland. Rather than my Department focusing resources on making further declarations, I am instead prioritising my work to drive forward effective and meaningful...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Local and Seasonal Produce: Promotion (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: My Department has promoted, and will continue to promote, the benefits of our locally produced food and the importance of supporting our agri-food industry by buying local produce. I, and my officials, are in regular contact with industry stakeholders to discuss the promotion of local quality farm produce and how that can be enhanced. Through the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme, my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Wildlife: Impact of Development (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is a statutory consultee for certain planning applications submitted to local planning authorities and DFI under the Planning (General Development Procedure) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015. The natural environment division of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in the Department is responsible for providing advice on planning...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project (14 Sep 2021)

Edwin Poots: I am considering a number of documents relating to the proposed Islandmagee gas storage project. The documents relate to an application for a marine licence and the review of a discharge consent and abstraction licence. The matter that I am determining is complex, and, as such, it is vital that I give the documentation all due consideration.

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...opportunities, as well as advanced manufacturing and engineering. In Northern Ireland, I have talked this over with the Minister for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots, and he was telling me about the dearth of engineering skills in Northern Ireland. It is rather disappointing—I have been in contact with my further education college—that it does...

Northern Ireland Protocol (15 Jul 2021)

Jim Shannon: ...Northern Ireland protocol has done. He says: “I write to you as a UK citizen who enjoys holidaying in Northern Ireland with my pet dog. This year, despite moves by the Northern Ireland Minister Edwin Poots to withhold checks at ferry ports until October, it would seem that I still must be in possession of certificates for rabies and tapeworm, which haven’t been recorded in the United...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: I appreciate the comments made by Members in response to the issues that I have brought to their attention today. A couple of questions were raised about additional funding for COVID-19. The UK-wide Seafood Response Fund was a further bonus for the local fleet of potters and trawlers. That covered support towards fishing vessels' fixed costs during the first quarter of 2020-21. In total, 144...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Climate Change (No. 2) Bill: First Stage (5 Jul 2021)

Edwin Poots: I beg to introduce the Climate Change (No. 2) Bill [NIA 28/17-22], which is a Bill to set targets for the years 2050, 2040 and 2030 for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; to provide for a system of carbon budgeting; to provide for reporting and statements against those targets and budgets; to confer power to impose climate change reporting duties on public bodies; to provide for...

Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill (22 Jun 2021)

Claire Hanna: ...opposed the Act would be encouraged to recognise that its nature, balance and thrust were not in one direction and not out of proportion in terms of purported cost or unwanted impact on anybody. Edwin Poots himself, as he was departing, said that one of Unionism’s faults is that it plays up the wins of others and plays down its own achievements. This is a very good example of that. This...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Carbon Reduction Levels (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Sitka spruce trees are pretty good at carbon sequestration as well. I planted broadleaf trees on my own land many years ago, not for commercial interest but to help the environment. Whilst Sitka spruce trees may not be my tree of choice, planting trees for commercial interest but with environmental benefits is not a bad thing. Forest Service's making £10 million a year is not a bad thing. We...


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