AQW 10015/17-22 – Banning of single-use plastics

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Irish Government on the banning of single-use plastics on the island of Ireland. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: At the 4 November British-Irish Council (BIC) Environment sector Ministerial … Continue reading AQW 10015/17-22 – Banning of single-use plastics

AQW 8574/17-22 – Improving water quality

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs whether he will make it policy to introduce new metrics to measure improvements in individual aspects of water quality in (i) rivers; and (ii) other inland freshwater bodies. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Water quality metrics are set … Continue reading AQW 8574/17-22 – Improving water quality

AQW 8573/17-22 – Reducing the use of plastics

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on reducing the use of plastics. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: In the New Decade, New Approach deal, the Executive is tasked with bringing forward actions to address climate change including creating … Continue reading AQW 8573/17-22 – Reducing the use of plastics

McGlone Welcomes Assembly Debate on Banning Onshore Petroleum Licencing

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed an Assembly debate on the banning of onshore exploration for, drilling for and extraction of hydrocarbons in Northern Ireland. Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr McGlone said, "The future is one of a decarbonised energy system. This Assembly debate is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Assembly Debate on Banning Onshore Petroleum Licencing

McGlone: Concern at Assembly ‘Rubber-Stamping’ of Brexit legislation

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has expressed concern at the Assembly being asked to ‘rubber-stamp’ legislation relating to Brexit without proper scrutiny. The Mid Ulster MLA is a member of the Assembly Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Mr McGlone said, "The Assembly is currently being asked to approve secondary legislation relating … Continue reading McGlone: Concern at Assembly ‘Rubber-Stamping’ of Brexit legislation

AQW 5880/17-22 – Green Homes Grant NI

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Finance whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statement of 8 July 2020 made any consequential financial provision for the introduction of a Green Homes Grant in Northern Ireland. Minister of Finance: In his statement on 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced over £3 billion of … Continue reading AQW 5880/17-22 – Green Homes Grant NI

McGlone: there can be no doubt that we face a climate emergency

SDLP Environment Spokesperson, Patsy McGlone urged senior Departmental officials to treat the climate crisis with the severity it deserves and not to play to the flawed politics of a DUP Minister. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "Minimisation of the climate crisis and the confusion that ensued from Minister Poots, based on an official briefing, is … Continue reading McGlone: there can be no doubt that we face a climate emergency

McGlone: people with disabilities should not be disadvantaged in the new normal

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has written to the First and deputy First Minister asking what measures have been taken to ensure that people with sight loss or other disabilities are not disadvantaged, as we recover from COVID-19. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "As we enter the recovery phase, it is crucial that citizens … Continue reading McGlone: people with disabilities should not be disadvantaged in the new normal