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Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Biodiversity (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I wish to group questions 6 and 9 together. My Department has commenced preparations for a new Northern Ireland biodiversity strategy that will take account of the international post-2020 targets for biodiversity. Those targets will be discussed at the forthcoming international meeting known as COP15, the fifteen meeting of the Conference of Parties to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (25 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I will answer questions 1 and 5 together. I want to ensure that Northern Ireland plays its part in minimising greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change head-on. I am committed to Northern Ireland having its own climate change legislation to achieve that. We do not need just any Bill; we need the right, evidenced-based climate change Bill that sets...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council: Transport (25 May 2021)

Jim Allister: If Mr Edwin Poots is as good as his word, that will have been one of the last North/South meetings until the Union-dismantling protocol is, itself, dismantled. As an enthusiast for the Belfast Agreement, the Minister must know that it is said to be built on the equilibrium of sustaining east-west relations and North/South relations. With the key east-west economic relations having been...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Green New Deal (24 May 2021)

Gary Middleton: ...Party Ministers continue to champion the green recovery and the need to address climate change around the Executive table. The inter-ministerial group on green growth has been established by Edwin Poots, the AERA Minister. The Executive's overarching, multi-decade, green growth strategy and delivery framework for Northern Ireland aims to transform our society towards net zero by 2050,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Redevelopment of CAFRE’s Greenmount and Loughry Campuses and the Development of New Beef Facilities at AFBI and CAFRE (11 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member knows that the protocol per se is not acceptable to the Minister. We will do everything that we can, politically and legally, to ensure that we find ourselves in an acceptable position. An acceptable position is one that does not have blockages between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The protocol is bad for the economy. It is bad for consumers. It is bad for agriculture....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: Thank you. — on its key aspect, which is the long-term greenhouse gas emissions target. Is the spirit of the Bill just to cherry-pick the advice and evidence that suits and to disregard any sound or impartial evidence? I could say more, Mr Speaker, but I respect your call. I oppose the Bill as it is currently proposed.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Climate Change Bill: Second Stage (10 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for giving way. It is important that we debate that issue fully because we have not had a public consultation. I have to say that it is poor form not to have had that consultation, irrespective of whether it had to be done. With regard to mixed clover and all the issues that the Member has raised as potential abatements, I accept that and agree that they have potential....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Mourne Mountains: Wildlife Population (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The community response was fantastic. They recognised that the fire personnel were working extremely hard up those mountains. The food did not come just from the Newcastle area. The people of Newcastle were absolutely fantastic, but people sent provisions for the fire personnel down from Belfast and from far beyond the immediate area. In areas with that quality heathland and those beautiful...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: UK-EU Veterinary Agreement (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: The Member welcomes doing things that reduce the impact of the protocol. I also welcome those things. We do things that help, for example, potatoes or other materials to come into Northern Ireland, but many other things are negatively impacted. Ultimately, we need to deal with the underlying problem: the protocol. Northern Ireland does not pose a threat to the European Union single market....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Firefighters’ Memorial Day (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Member for her question. What she said is entirely valid and correct. I spent time with the firefighters in the Mournes around 10 days ago. It was a devastating fire, but it was not the first. Our firefighters were out before that, have been out since and are out every year, and that does not get a media profile. The wider public do not see that because the firefighting is more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Wages Board (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: For years, we were told, and virtually all parties said, that we needed to reduce quangos. The Agricultural Wages Board is a quango. I have not gone back on my word on reducing quangos. Such a board does not exist in any other sector. We do not have a health wages board, an education wages board or a builders' wages board. The Agricultural Wages Board was there when agriculture wages were...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Plastic Reduction Action Plan: Narrow Scope (4 May 2021)

Edwin Poots: There are some nine different pieces of plastic involved. It is our intention to roll things out considerably further and to increase the plastic bag levy, which we are doing currently. We recognise the damage that plastic does and the fact that much unrequired plastic has been used in the past. We therefore want to screen out single-use plastics from Departments and, indeed, beyond.

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

Edwin Poots: Lough Neagh is a huge asset and, I believe, an underutilised one. I have said that from my early days of visiting Lough Neagh at Antrim or Oxford Island. I would love to see Lough Neagh more utilised. It is the largest body of fresh water in the United Kingdom. We have tremendous opportunities from the agri-environment side to reduce pollution in Lough Neagh. It has faced problems with...

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,...


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