Results 61–80 of 2976 for speaker:Mervyn Storey

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. I appreciate his concern, but, perhaps he could clarify where that concern was when, for three years — not three weeks — his party brought this place to its knees and we had no Assembly and no Executive. Will he explain the difference?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Protection from Stalking Bill: Final Stage (22 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for being honest and open on that issue. Sadly, the former Deputy Chair of the Committee Linda Dillon has left the Chamber, but I want to place on record my thanks for the work that she did and for her point about her current role with others on the Policing Board. What conversations can you have with the police, Minister, to ensure that, while this draft legislation will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Protection from Stalking Bill: Final Stage (22 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I apologise to the Minister for not being in the House for the commencement of what she had to say. Business is moving more quickly than we anticipated. On behalf of the Committee for Justice, I welcome the Final Stage of the Protection from Stalking Bill, and I am pleased to speak as the Chair of the Committee. The legislation has been long in the making, as the Minister said. I pay tribute...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Christopher Stalford MLA (21 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: How true it is that we: "know not what shall be on the morrow". Little did any of us know, when we left the Chamber last week, that we would be brought back in the circumstances that we are in today. Sadly, it is not the first time that we, as an Assembly, have had reason to remember one of us who has passed away. Indeed, I was just thinking before I came into the Chamber of those, from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: Yes, I will; just let me make this point. Contrary to the Minister's point, victims would not get more than they need at the expense of others who need more. I want Members, who will have to make a decision, to be clear on the intent: it is not just that we have put that in the amendment; it relates to section 18(5) of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Minister for that, although we still have a difference in our interpretations. I do not want to labour the point, because I do not want to give anyone the impression that, somehow, this is about anything other than ensuring that we make the best possible provision to meet the needs of those who find themselves in the horrendous situation of being trafficked. It was interesting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank Members and the Minister for their contributions to the debate on the group 2 amendments, particularly those who spoke in support of the Committee amendments, including the Minister. As I indicated earlier, the Committee is happy to work with the Department on any minor, technical or drafting amendments that it proposes for the Further Consideration Stage that improve the amendments...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Member for giving way. This has come up on a number of occasions. By definition, anything in section 18 is conditional on the support that is provided on the basis of assessed need. Therefore, what, the Minister says, could happen is not as likely to happen, provided it stays within the confines of section 18, particularly section 18(5). That gives assurance. We are dealing with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I do not think that there should be any confusion. It is to absolutely ensure that there is no unintended consequence and that, by using the term "less", we have a situation whereby people in need get the service and support that they deserve. I give the Member the assurance that there is no intent to be Machiavellian, cute or clever here; there is no intent other than to ensure that we have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I beg to move amendment No 12: In page 20, line 6, at end insert— “(aa) in subsection (4) after ‘days’ insert ‘(or more based on need)’;’’. The following amendments stood on the Marshalled List: No 13: In page 20, line 6, at end insert— “(ab) in subsection (9) leave out ‘such further period as the Department thinks necessary’ and insert ‘for 12 months (or less if...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: There was widespread support for clauses 16 and 17. However, a number of organisations believed that the legislation provided an opportunity to go further to improve the support and protection provided to victims of trafficking and exploitation. The evidence received by the Committee highlighted the need for the statutory support and assistance provided to victims of trafficking and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: — just for clarity? Earlier, the Minister made reference to the amendment about payment. Can she clarify — maybe we should clarify this — that that is not about us seeking to amend the 2015 Act; it relates to the Bill and is not a reference to the 2015 Act. That is clear from the Committee's deliberations on it. It is very specific. With regard to the first amendments, which we did not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: We are trying to go as far as we can within the remit of the powers that pertain in Northern Ireland. The Member will be aware that a Bill is going through the House of Commons in relation to the use of various technological means. That communications Bill will have an impact, because, sadly, no matter how much we legislate and how much we try to curtail the activities of those who want to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I thank the Member, although I have to indicate to him that those issues will come up in the debate on the second group of amendments. I certainly concur with his comments, however, and we will come back to the need for help for victims and recognition of the serious situation that people sadly find themselves in on the streets of Northern Ireland. The Committee also appreciates the support...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill: Consideration Stage (15 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: Before addressing the amendments, I wish, with your indulgence, Mr Deputy Speaker, to make some general remarks about the Bill in my capacity as Chair of the Justice Committee. The Committee supports the Bill, the additional protections that it will provide to victims of sexual offences and the improvements that it will make to the services for victims of trafficking and exploitation, and it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Police Ombudsman's Report (8 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: I stand as a former member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. No one should take any joy or any sense of glorification in a murderous campaign that left widows, orphans and broken families. I have a brother who has proudly served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve and as a part-time PSNI officer for 41 years. I thank God every day that he is still alive, because, sadly, many other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Police Ombudsman's Report (8 Feb 2022)

Mervyn Storey: Mr Speaker, I am not questioning your authority, but it is all part of our dark past. If we are to have the truth about what happened with the members of the RUC, we are also going to have to have the truth about what happened with the members of the IRA and those who have been their fellow travellers for 40 years, who still put on uniforms and go to memorials and graves to glorify them and...


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