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Results 21–40 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: 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...

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

Naomi Long: Again, it is for the Chief Constable to decide on the police's priorities when deploying their resources. Undoubtedly, he is already on record as saying that he places huge emphasis on the need for enhanced community policing and good contact in communities. I imagine that, dependent on resources, that is an area that he will want to expand on, but it will be entirely a matter for him.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: There are a number of issues around the early release Bill. As you are aware, emergency legislation was brought through Westminster in recent weeks that Northern Ireland was not included in. I think that that sends out a potentially dangerous message that, in some way, for Northern Ireland, there is a two-tier system when it comes to dealing with terrorist offenders. That potentially places...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: Issues around human rights are always at the top of our agenda when it comes to how we deal with people who offend and how they are treated in the system. In particular, concern was expressed about the emergency legislation and provisions about retrospectivity in relation to sentences. Ultimately, the main duty in looking at those issues is around public protection, but I do not believe that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Stalking: Legislation (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. As he will be aware, we have fallen somewhat behind some other jurisdictions on the issue of stalking. On the basis of the policy development that has taken place here so far, I intend to introduce a stalking Bill in the autumn. It will introduce a specific offence of stalking and take into account the effect that multiple incidents have on a person. At...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Stalking: Legislation (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for that. It is important, on two fronts, that we tackle online crime, particularly the kind of assaults that the Member has spoken about. Whether it is revenge porn, upskirting or anything else, I am committed to ensuring that the law provides the most effective protection for victims of that kind of crime. It is my intention to bring forward legislative proposals on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Abuse: Safe Accommodation (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: The statutory duty to provide accommodation falls to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and lies with the Department for Communities. We would want to work in partnership with other parts of government to ensure that those who seek protection from domestic violence can secure accommodation. As the Member will be aware, it can be a very traumatic experience for someone to build up the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Abuse: Safe Accommodation (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: Women's Aid, the Men's Advisory Project, NIACRO, Nexus and lots of other organisations are hugely important partners for us in developing the initial offences and the legislation and in how we manage offenders after release to ensure that people are protected during the time that somebody is serving time for an offence and when that person is released back into the community. A huge amount of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Abortion Services: Anti-harassment Measures (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for her question. It is very timely, because I have raised this with the Northern Ireland Office. It would be its responsibility under the recent Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 to introduce such protections as part of the overall approach. The Member has been involved in this issue long enough to know that not everyone in the Chamber, and not all...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Abortion Services: Anti-harassment Measures (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I would have to write to the Member with statistics for that. I omitted to say in my original answer that I met Robin Walker, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, to ask him specifically about this issue, which still falls to the Department of Justice in terms of implementation. As you know, with the decriminalisation of abortion, other regulations in that respect have moved to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Magilligan Prison: Update (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I would be delighted to do so and I will be in a position, hopefully, to have it reinforced to me how important that is because I will be visiting Magilligan tomorrow. I hope to see at first hand the work being done there. It has already been brought to my attention by the head of Prison Service how important it is that the prison is substantially rebuilt. That is one of the issues for which...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Magilligan Prison: Update (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: It is absolutely crucial that the prison estate is fit for purpose. It also needs to reflect the kind of work now done in the prison system. It is no longer simply about locking people up, but about providing people with opportunities for rehabilitation, education and gaining new skills, and, hopefully, setting them on the right course so that we challenge them in the prison system to turn...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I am afraid I do not have an update for the Member at this time, but I am happy to get one and write to him.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Domestic Violence (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: The programme to which the Member refers is a pilot scheme that will test effectiveness. In the early stages, it appears to be working well, in that those who have not been forced to take these corrective courses are much more open to engaging with the system than those who are, for example, offered it as part of their sentencing structure. We need to wait until the pilot has been fully...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Gillen Review: Recommendations (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: A bit like Claire Sugden when she suggested that the Department of Justice tends to be the place where people go when things go wrong, I think that Justice Gillen also became that person. You are referring to a second review that Sir John Gillen did on sexual offences and crimes. There is an issue about anonymity. Clearly, we value the open and transparent nature of the court system, but it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Gillen Review: Recommendations (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I reassure Mr Allister that there is no intention on my part to rush to judgement without giving the issues careful consideration. The importance of a fair trial and a fair hearing is absolutely crucial and is at the heart of the justice system. There are, however, examples that people can refer to of people being asked questions that perpetuate rape myths: for example, people are questioned...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Gillen Review: Recommendations (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I know that the Member has been working with the La Dolce Vita Project for some time. They have also corresponded with me about their concerns. The issue of parental alienation is gaining increasing recognition in the family courts. I think that we also recognise that, in cases where there is domestic abuse, particularly coercive control, children can often be used and abused in order to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Helen's Law (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I refer the Member to the answer that I provided in response to his recent question for written answer by way of background. The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information about Victims) Bill, known as "Helen's law" in England and Wales is before Parliament. It has been called "Helen's law" as the outcome of a long-running campaign by Helen McCourt's mother. Helen was murdered in 1998, and her body...


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