Did you mean Edwin roots?
Edwin Poots: I would like to ask the Minister to state the basis on which we are employing an extra 70 members of staff and what impact that will have on the amount of money required by the Culture, Arts and Leisure Department to pay for that.
Lord John Alderdice: I further inform the House that Mr Edwin Poots has been appointed Chairman of the Committee of the Centre.
Resolved: That Mr Paul Berry shall replace Mr Edwin Poots on the Committee of Standards and Privileges. — [Mr Dodds]
Edwin Poots: Is the Member aware that about three quarters of a billion litres of the fuel used here is bought outside the Province, with a loss to the economy of about £460 million? The high-taxation policy is detrimental to jobs and reduces the amount of revenue that is raised in the Province.
Edwin Poots: 1. asked the Minister of the Environment if he is satisfied that the current system of planning and appeals in his Department will meet the requirements of the proposed new human-rights legislation. (AQO 9/00)
Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Deputy Speaker. Is it reasonable to exclude Mr Close’s question, given that the Minister of Education was to answer questions first? Mr Close was, therefore, not entirely at fault for not being in the Chamber.
Edwin Poots: 7. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development when a decision for the removal of the ban on beef exports will be made. (AQO 91/00)
Edwin Poots: 9. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure if he has any plans to consider the viability of utilising the Maze Prison site as a centre for sporting excellence. (AQO 90/00)
Edwin Poots: In the absence of the Regional Development Minister, the Deputy First Minister could seek advice from the well-known West Belfast MLA who is an expert on motability. Are the Irish Government satisfied that 13 sectoral meetings have taken place? Are they satisfied with the level of participation by Unionist Ministers?
Edwin Poots: He is running away.
Edwin Poots: They are racists.
Edwin Poots: What about the statement?
Edwin Poots: Can the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister confirm that the British-Irish Council will continue in its present format and that the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister will not stop IRA/Sinn Féin Ministers from attending?
Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development if she is aware of an outbreak of brown rot in the Scottish potato crop and, if so, what steps she has taken to ensure that it will not contaminate the potato crop in Northern Ireland. (AQO 226/00)
Edwin Poots: 4. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure if he will detail the progress made in providing a new library for Lisburn. (AQO 225/00)
Edwin Poots: It was quite clear. Can animals over 30 months old be imported into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic, which has a growing BSE problem? Can beef from those animals be imported into Northern Ireland? If so, what steps will be taken to prevent that happening?
Edwin Poots: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Is this in relation to the Bill?
Edwin Poots: 5. asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment if he will outline his plans to address the shortfall in financial support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for the Lagan Valley constituency. AQO 289/00
Edwin Poots: 6. asked the Minister of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment if he will detail (a) the number of young people who have participated in the Walsh Programme so far, (b) his satisfaction with the jobs allocated, and (c) the drop-out rate of those participating. (AQO 291/00)
Edwin Poots: Thank you for that ruling, Madam Deputy Speaker. We are used to such mistakes. We will wait to see what the Social Development Committee has to say. Are they for the rent rise or are they against it? Do they want a 5% increase, or do they want a 2·5% increase? [Interruption]