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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...

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

Edwin Poots: That is why it would have been great to have someone like me as Minister over the last few years as opposed to the Assembly crashing and not operating. Those three years were wasted. A consequence of not having devolution is that everybody suffers in Northern Ireland, including the environment.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Food Producers: Protocol Benefits (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The fundamentals of the protocol relate first to whether it is a democratic action. Does it change the constitution? It does change the constitution. Therefore, if you want to change the constitution, you should ask the people. If the Member is a democrat, he will want to ensure that the people are asked to support the protocol by a referendum or that we remove the protocol and find another...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Pet Travel in the UK (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: The European Union's expectation that we should treat animals for tapeworm and, indeed, rabies was put back in the first instance to 1 July. I chose to defer that further to 1 October because, again, we need solutions. No one, but no one, can argue that this poses a threat to the single market. Doing what the European Union wants us to do poses a threat to people who are disabled, who are not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Dale Farm: Arla Contract (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: If Dale Farm has achieved something on the back of the protocol, I congratulate it, and I commiserate with the many thousands of businesses that are damaged as a consequence of the protocol.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Illegal Waste Dumping (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: We have the Mills report; a piece of work that was actioned by the then Minister to identify the issues, problems and solutions. We have followed the recommendations of that report. My focus is to ensure that we provide safety when it comes to drinking water in the River Faughan. Testing is carried out weekly to ensure that the water quality remains good, and it does. We are looking at...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: DAERA Ballykelly: Staff Complement (21 Jun 2021)

Edwin Poots: Some 250 DAERA staff were located in Ballykelly House when it opened in May 2018. Since then, a further 87 DAERA staff have relocated to Ballykelly, bringing the total to 337. The Department also has plans to relocate a further 54 posts during the 2017-2022 mandate. When filled, that would increase the staff complement to 391. The need to relocate those further posts will remain under review.


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