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Question Time: Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tuesday 4 May 2021

Edwin Poot, AERA Minister, answers Members questions on 04 May 2021. Read the Official Report (Hansard) – https://lk.nia.fyi/4IS8

Each of the questions answered have been chaptered in the video to help you find them more easily.

Chapters/Questions

00:00 Point of Entry Facilities

1. Mr McGlone asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the completion date of point of entry facilities as part of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. (AQO 1975/17-22)

5. Mr Allister asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline his strategy to restore unfettered movement of goods from Great Britain. (AQO 1979/17-22)

07:29 TB Eradication Strategy 3.

Mr Clarke asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on his plans to consult on a TB eradication strategy for Northern Ireland. (AQO 1977/17-22)

7. Mr Middleton asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the need to address bovine tuberculosis in cattle. (AQO 1981/17-22)

14:32 Farmers’ Mental Well-being

6. Ms P Bradley asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what is currently being done to support farmers’ mental well-being. (AQO 1980/17-22)

24:19 Recreational Angling: Lower Bann

8. Mr Robinson asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline his plans to increase recreational angling on the lower Bann. (AQO 1982/17-22)

26:30 UK-EU Veterinary Agreement

9. Mr Dickson asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline what engagement he has had with the UK Government on a veterinary agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union. (AQO 1983/17-22)

Topical Questions

30:09 Firefighters’ Memorial Day

T1. Dr Archibald asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether, on Firefighters’ Memorial Day, he will join with her to recognise those firefighters who have lost their life in the line of duty, to send solidarity to their families and to express our gratitude to the heroic firefighters, along with members of the Irish Air Corps, for their recent efforts to tackle the devastating wildfire in the Mournes. (AQT 1261/17-22)

33:03 Agricultural Wages Board

T2. Mr Dickson asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, in relation to his proposal to scrap the Agricultural Wages Board, to explain the reasoning and rationale for that decision and to state the stage that he is at. (AQT 1262/17-22) 

36:11 Plastic Reduction Action Plan: Narrow Scope 

T3. Ms Sheerin asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs why the scope of his plastic reduction action plan is so narrow, in that it applies to government buildings only. (AQT 1263/17-22) 

38:00 Lough Neagh 

T4. Mrs D Kelly asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to outline his Department’s obligations to and vision for Lough Neagh, given that he will be well aware of its increased usage during lockdown and its potential for staycation-type holidays. (AQT 1264/17-22) 

40:32 Rural Development Policy: Update 

T5. Mr McAleer asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the indicative timing for the publication of the new rural development policy. (AQT 1265/17-22) 

41:49 Mourne Mountains: Wildlife Population 

T6. Mr Buckley asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, given that he looked on in horror at the devastation caused by the fires in the Mourne Mountains and responded quickly to them, to elaborate on actions that can be taken by his Department and others to help to rebuild the wildlife population in the Mournes. (AQT 1266/17-22)