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Results 1–20 of 1200 for speaker:Naomi Long in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (19 May 2020)

Naomi Long: Thank you to the Assembly for taking time to consider the motion and for the contributions that were made in the debate. I thank the Justice Committee for its report and the Executive Office Committee for its consideration of the issues at hand. I am pleased with the support that colleagues have shown in the recognition that, on this occasion, it is sensible that the Westminster Bill be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (19 May 2020)

Naomi Long: It is not for me to take a position on the business of the House. That is a matter for the Whips, along with the Speaker to decide. I do not set the agenda for the Assembly; I simply play my part in discharging my duties under it. When it comes to the issue of termination of pregnancy, as you know, it has been decriminalised, so I no longer have role to play in that debate. You would need to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (19 May 2020)

Naomi Long: I beg to move That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension of the provisions of the Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill to Northern Ireland. The Private International Law —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (19 May 2020)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Principal Deputy Speaker. The Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill deals, as its name suggests, with the implementation of international agreements in the field of private international law. Private international law rules are applied by litigants in courts to cases involving a foreign element. Typically, the rules cover jurisdiction — for example,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: Second Stage (28 Apr 2020)

Naomi Long: If there were no evidence that abuse had occurred, no evidence that harm had been done and no evidence that the perpetrator had engaged in a series of abusive behaviours, there would be no expectation of that person being found guilty. That is how the justice system works. However, if someone has engaged in a course of action that a reasonable person would deem to be abusive and coercive...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: Second Stage (28 Apr 2020)

Naomi Long: That is a good point. Often, when the adverts come on, people see them as a tea break and do not necessarily pay attention to what is being shown, even though the quality and reach of it can be quite important. However, they will often follow a storyline. You are right: when they watch the progressive change in an on-screen character whom they have formed a bond with and see that person...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: Second Stage (28 Apr 2020)

Naomi Long: Always following our lead, of course. I think it is hugely important that we do that. Doug Beattie and others also raised support for the police. Yes, statutory bodies such as the police, the Public Prosecution Service, the Probation Board and others will have to meet those additional costs from their budgets. I would welcome the support of those of you who believe that their budgets should...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: Second Stage (28 Apr 2020)

Naomi Long: I will say first that progressing this legislation is a priority for me in this mandate. It is hugely important that we make good progress with it. I therefore thank all Members for their constructive and positive engagement today on the issue of domestic abuse, because it is important not only to me and the Department but to all of us in the House who represent constituents who have often...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: Second Stage (28 Apr 2020)

Naomi Long: I beg to move That the Second Stage of the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill [NIA Bill 03/17-22] be agreed. Since becoming Justice Minister, I have made progressing domestic abuse legislation a key priority for my Department. The urgency of addressing the issue has become even more apparent during the current COVID-19 crisis. As we advise people to stay home, stay safe, save lives,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill: First Stage (31 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I beg to introduce the Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill, which is a Bill to create a course of conduct offence and a sentencing aggravation concerning domestic abuse and make rules as to procedure and giving evidence in criminal cases involving domestic abuse; and prevent cross-examination in person of certain witnesses in particular circumstances in family proceedings in the civil...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member particularly for what he said about conditions that are unknown. We know that people with underlying conditions are vulnerable: we do not know everyone who has underlying conditions. For example, from the news, we know that a very young sportsperson — only in their 20s — who was otherwise fit and healthy and would not have considered themselves to be vulnerable to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: A number of changes will be made to the operation of the Coroners' Courts and the inquest system. The reasons are multiple. The first is about bringing people unnecessarily out to do jury service. You run the risk of not being able to complete the inquest, if members of the jury have to self-isolate. There has already been the ending of a case that will now probably require to be retried...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his very robust comments around the need for social distancing. The issue of prisoner release has been raised. There are issues as well about releasing people who may be higher-risk, in that, as you rightly identify, it places a burden on probation and health. Far from releasing people into a system to relieve pressure, it could actually create pressure in other places...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. I have indicated that there are huge sensitivities around dealing with a situation where there are excess deaths. There is a clause that allows us to disapply the rules with respect to people's individual wills around cremation in those circumstances. I do not necessarily expect that to be the biggest pressure in our system. We have only one public...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: That is correct. The Executive, as I explained, will have the power through the Executive Office to ban events from taking place and to close facilities. Those who do not comply with those bans and closing orders will be subjected to the fine. I believe that, in such cases, if an event is closed by the Executive Office and the organiser faces a £100,000 fine, it is unlikely that there will...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. It is important that we reassert this. First of all, the legislation will only apply in respect of the prevention of spread of coronavirus; it does not have wider powers than in relation to coronavirus. Secondly, the legislation will automatically expire after two years, so, at that point, it would have to be renewed. I believe that the Government have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thought that we were being especially efficient in leaving all the answers to the end. I hope that you will indulge me with some time to do that. I thank the Members who have spoken already for their questions and also for the robustness with which they have asserted the need for the public to take this seriously. I was appalled, frankly, at the laxness with which people were treating the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: COVID-19 Preparations (23 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I made a statement on 16 March 2020 and I would like to provide a further update to Members on the arrangements that are being made in the Department of Justice to continue to deliver essential public services in the face of the challenges that are presented by COVID-19. Officials briefed the Justice Committee last Thursday and did so again this morning. We are committed to providing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Community Policing: DOJ Investment (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: As the Member is aware, investment in policing and the management of resources in the PSNI is entirely a matter for the Chief Constable. However, like all Departments, I am currently in negotiations with the Finance Minister on the settlement for the coming year. That will include money for policing, which is a large part of my budget. Around 70% of the Department of Justice's budget is spent...


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