Results 41–60 of 2976 for speaker:Mervyn Storey

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister. Amendment No 20 is drafted with a view to informing the power of article 29A(4), so it would be a very narrow reading that would find the provisions for sport and religion fall short of its intended effect as a result of the actions mandated by an amendment and not trigger the power in 29A(4) to add or remove an activity as a result. The amendment provides for an annual...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for that intervention and for her recognition that I am a gracious individual, although I have to say that there are times when the Minister pushes the limits of my graciousness.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: Earlier, the Minister made a comment about the competence of the Committee in its operations. It is not a matter for the Committee but for the courts to determine. We are tasked to make the best legislation possible, and Members are not to be, in a sense, constrained into second-guessing the law. I think that we adopt a respectful view of the work of our law officers and of the separation of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: First, I thank all the Members and the Minister for their contributions to the debate on the group 1 amendments. I do not want to take up much more time. Therefore, I will make some general remarks rather than respond to everyone's contributions. However, that does not mean that they were any less appreciated in the House. I am particularly pleased at the support across the House for the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for giving way. She talks about engaging with the sector. We heard from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, the NSPCC and Barnardo's, all of which have a considerable degree of expertise — probably more than we have — in the field. They said that there are gaps, and it is fair to say that they remain to be convinced that the abuse of trust...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: Other Committee members can speak more definitively on this, but, during the passage of the Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Bill, there was a discussion with the previous Attorney General, who raised concerns about the introduction of that legislation. Amendments were made, the Bill became law and those fears have not been realised. There has been an attempt in the House today to say...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for her comments. Members will take those issues into consideration as we progress through the Bill. It is unfortunate that we got ourselves into a position so late in the day that necessitated back and forth between us and the Department. Obviously, that, in and of itself, creates some degree of uneasiness, but I appreciate the work of the Committee staff, the Bill...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I beg to move amendment No 1: In page 1, line 13, leave out “for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (3),”. — [Mr Storey (The Chairperson of the Committee for Justice ).] The following amendments stood on the Marshalled List: No 2: In page 1, leave out from line 19 to end of line 2 on page 2 and insert— “(c) either condition 1 or condition 2 is met.” — [Mr Storey (The Chairperson...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Further Consideration Stage (7 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: Before I comment specifically on the amendments before us today, I welcome and acknowledge, on behalf of the Justice Committee, the engagement that has taken place with the Minister and departmental officials on those amendments and, in particular, the constructive and collaborative approach adopted to each of the amendments to clause 1, which take account of the Committee's concerns that the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Coronavirus Act 2020 (Extension of Provisions Related to Courts, Tribunals and Inquests) Order (Northern Ireland) 2022 (1 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: As Chair of the Justice Committee, I will make a few comments, and my colleague Peter Weir will speak on behalf of the DUP. The Minister has already outlined the statutory rule before us. It extends the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 that allow courts and statutory tribunals to receive evidence through audio or visual links beyond March 2022, when they are set to expire. The rule will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation on Criminal Justice Matters (1 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for her statement. Will she provide the Justice Committee with a copy of the 2021-23 work programme so that it can look at what is planned during that period? Human trafficking is one of the most despicable crimes that we have seen in Northern Ireland and in the Republic. Minister, will you expand on the extent of the trafficking of victims across the border, the main...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Maggie’s Call: Suspension (1 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: T1. Mr Storey asked the Minister of Health, who referred to the launch of Maggie’s call at a previous Question Time, to confirm that, after taking legal advice, the Chief Fire Officer has suspended the roll-out of that initiative, which is of great concern, given the publicity around the issue and its importance. (AQT 2081/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Maggie’s Call: Suspension (1 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for his answer and concur with his comment. Will he give the House an assurance that adequate training will be given at the fire stations of Northern Ireland, that every resource will be put in place to ensure that there is no liability to the fire officers and that training will be sufficient to ensure that that is done in a way that is professional and safe?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Respite Provision: Northern Trust (1 Mar 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for the information on the work that has been done by the Northern Trust to date. Will the Minister give an undertaking that there will be a rigorous assessment of the people who use the respite services, given the impact that COVID has had and the time that they have been away from the service provision, and that whatever additional support and help those individuals...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Spring Supplementary Estimates 2021-22 and Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates: Vote On Account 2022-23 (22 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Member for giving way. Does he accept that mental health is also a Justice issue, given the fact that the police are spending more of their time in wards and hospitals because the health system is not adequately prepared for or suited to dealing with those issues? The police end up in hospitals managing mental health crises when they should be doing other things.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Spring Supplementary Estimates 2021-22 and Supply Resolution for the Northern Ireland Estimates: Vote On Account 2022-23 (22 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I welcome the opportunity to speak as Chair of the Justice Committee in today's debate. Throughout the year, the Committee has scrutinised the Department of Justice’s budget through the regular briefings and updates that it has received, both oral and written, on areas including in-year monitoring rounds, bids for COVID-19 funding and forecasting performance. In addition, the Department...


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