McGlone Welcomes Climate Change Legislation in North

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster Patsy McGlone has welcomed the Climate Change Bill for Northern Ireland passing its final stage in the Assembly this week. “I’m very relieved that the legislative process on climate change has come to a conclusion. Everyone accepts the need to help address the need for action on climate change and … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Climate Change Legislation in North

McGlone Welcomes Assembly Support for Fracking Ban

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has welcomed the Assembly’s support for a ban on onshore fracking in the North. Although the second stage of the Onshore Fracking (Prohibition) Bill was agreed on Tuesday it is unlikely to make it into law before the end of the current Assembly term. Speaking after the debate … Continue reading McGlone Welcomes Assembly Support for Fracking Ban

McGlone Criticises Awarding of Dalradian Prospecting Licences

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has criticised the decision by DUP Economy Minister Gordon Lyons to award two new mineral prospecting licences to Dalradian Gold Limited. The Mid Ulster MLA said the SDLP remained firmly opposed to the practice and the DUP Minister was failing to take the views of local communities on … Continue reading McGlone Criticises Awarding of Dalradian Prospecting Licences

AQW 21673/17-22 – Independent Environmental Protection Agency

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs when will he establish the Independent Environmental Protection Agency, as agreed in New Decade, New Approach. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: I believe that good environmental governance is about focusing on environmental outcomes and taking a strategic approach … Continue reading AQW 21673/17-22 – Independent Environmental Protection Agency

AQW 19866/17-22 – Deposit Return Scheme

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail any plans he has to legislate for a refundable deposit for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: My officials have been developing options for a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, … Continue reading AQW 19866/17-22 – Deposit Return Scheme

AQW 16999/17-22 – Strategic Waste Partnership Group

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to detail the membership of the (i) Strategic Waste Partnership Group; and (ii) Government Waste Working Group. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: The Northern Ireland Strategic Waste Partnership (SWP) membership comprises of Directors from Department of Agriculture, Environment … Continue reading AQW 16999/17-22 – Strategic Waste Partnership Group

AQW 16998/17-22 – Mills Report recommendations

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs what progress reports have been undertaken by his Department on the recommendations of the Mills Report; and when they will be published. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: I can confirm that a Management Action Plan containing 25 actions … Continue reading AQW 16998/17-22 – Mills Report recommendations

AQW 17000/17-22 – Landfill tax avoidance

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the cooperative efforts with HMRC to address the issue of landfill tax avoidance in relation to serious waste crime. Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: NIEA’s Enforcement Branch has an ongoing, productive relationship with its … Continue reading AQW 17000/17-22 – Landfill tax avoidance