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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Sea Fish Industry (Coronavirus) (Fixed Costs) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2020 (7 Jul 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank Members for their contributions to the debate. Throughout the pandemic, my officials have continued to meet on a weekly basis with industry representatives from right across the areas that we cover to discuss the implementation of the support schemes. More recently, they have discussed what future support might be required for the fishing industry in the months ahead in order to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Environment Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (30 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: — and to respond to people and to the community's needs. I will give way in a moment. The people in this Chamber know better the needs of the people in Northern Ireland than a commissioner in Europe, who could be from any one of 27 countries.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Communities: Public Spaces: Seating Capacity (23 Jun 2020)

Carál Ní Chuilín: ...not waste time doing things that we could have done earlier to speed the process. I will certainly look at what regeneration programmes there are. I know that my Department and that of my colleague Edwin Poots could work on extending regeneration schemes to towns and villages, right down to small rural places of fewer than 5,000 people. I will certainly look at it and write to the Member...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Green Growth Strategy and Delivery Framework (23 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: We are very happy to work with all the other Departments, as I indicated to other Members, and transportation is a very important issue. However, COVID-19 has taught us all the lesson that we probably do not need to use as much transport, whether that be aeroplanes, cars, trains or buses, and that many of us can do much more work from our homes. That has been demonstrated to be something that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: I thank the Minister for giving way. I indicate my full support for the Minister's actions because there is an element of veterinary medicine to this. The Minister has the support of my Department in bringing forward the LCM. It is the only way forward, and, for those who are suggesting otherwise, there is not another way forward, and they have not proposed another way forward. I will add...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: COVID-19: Agri-food Sector (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: Agri-food tends to be ahead of the game and routinely uses PPE. Obviously, agri-food businesses have had to introduce additional PPE, which is a challenge at this time for every organisation, but the businesses are quite versatile. I should say that they are complaining about how much they have had to spend and would like some government support. It is not for my Department to do that; it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Facilities (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: My Department is scoping and implementing the following cross-cutting programme of work: understanding the processes required to reduce friction on trade, as far as is possible, while meeting the legal requirements of our statutory role, which is to carry out sanitary and phytosanitary checks at the point of entry; understanding the IT requirements that will facilitate movement of trade while...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Agri-food Market Intervention Fund (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: Since the Northern Ireland Executive announced the allocation of the £25 million COVID-19 support package, I have invited views and sought input from a range of industry representatives and stakeholders. On 22 May, I spoke to the AERA Committee and invited members' views on how best to allocate funding to those most affected. I have received their views and independent analysis, reports and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Rural Amenity Sites: Antisocial Behaviour (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: Absolutely. We have been engaging with local authorities, and I was recently up in south Tyrone to open a park in that area. Excellent work has been done by the local council. Hillsborough Forest park, for example, is now the responsibility of the local authority there, and it has spent a lot of money ensuring that the paths are all suitable for people with disabilities and for families with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environmental NGOs: Funding (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: The environment fund multi-year strategic strand supports the delivery of priority environmental outcomes across Northern Ireland by environmental non-governmental organisations and councils. Funded organisations have always been able to request quarterly payment in advance where they have identified a need for this. To assist with the impacts of COVID-19, grant recipients were issued with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environmental Protections (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: The Environment Bill, alongside existing environmental legislation, provides a basis for continued environmental protection and improvement in Northern Ireland. Making such protection temporary or contingent upon something that the Assembly may or may not agree at an unspecified point in the future in the challenging circumstances that we face at the moment is not, I believe, the best way to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environmental Crime (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: My Department's Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has 413 reportable active investigations into alleged environmental offending. The cases are all at various stages of consideration and cover purported waste, water and natural environment criminality.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Carbon Sequestration (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: Although agricultural is currently the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Northern Ireland inventory, the farmed landscape also contains important sinks for carbon in soils, peatlands, forestry, hedgerows and farm trees. The ability of our farmed landscape to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store carbon in soils and vegetation places farmers, as our...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Environment Fund (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: The Environment Fund strategic strand supports the delivery of priority environmental outcomes across Northern Ireland. The strategic strand is a three- to four-year programme that began in 2019-2020. Its scope cannot be widened. Additional Environment Fund challenge fund competitions may be operated throughout the year to support environmental priorities being delivered by not-for-profit...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: COVID-19: Household Recycling (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: No official statistics have been published yet for household recycling rates during the pandemic, and, therefore, I cannot definitively identify whether there has been a significant impact on the household recycling rate, compared with pre-COVID figures. Provisional information for household recycling during the quarter from April to June will not be available until 20 October. Unverified...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Islandmagee Gas Storage Project: Marine Licence (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: I anticipate that a decision on the application for a marine construction licence for the Islandmagee gas storage project could potentially be made in autumn 2020. It should be noted that there are wider aspects to the project to be considered by other organisations that, I understand, have still to be resolved.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: BREXIT: Agri-food Sector (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: At the end of the transition period, the Ireland/Northern Ireland protocol will come into effect, whereby Northern Ireland will remain aligned to the EU on certain rules. The challenge of having a fully operational regime agreed and in place by the end of this year remains significant. From 1 January, the greater the deviation between the UK and the EU in terms of trading arrangements,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Sheep Industry: Financial Support (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I and my officials have been in regular contact with industry representatives and stakeholders to assess its impact. I have been concerned about the serious threat to farm incomes due to falling farmgate prices in some sectors as a result of the closure of markets in food service and hospitality and the significant risk that that could pose to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: COVID-19: Air Pollution (16 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: My Department continually monitors the quality of air across Northern Ireland. That includes monitoring such pollutants as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. My Department has noted that, whilst levels of nitrogen dioxide have remained lower since lockdown in 2020 than they were in previous years, the levels of particulate matter have varied considerably. On 9 April, for example, my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: COVID-19 Pandemic: Support for Sheep and Beef Farmers (9 Jun 2020)

Edwin Poots: Mr Deputy Speaker, I apologise at the outset for not being in the Chamber for the Chairman's speech. I contacted my office to see what time the debate was likely to take place, and there was no indication that it would be earlier. The House is the place to debate the motion but this is not the time to do it, given the wording of the motion, because the debate about funding is not about...


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