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Results 41–60 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: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Helen's Law (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for raising those issues. Obviously, I am aware of the tragic case of Lisa Dorrian, and I have every sympathy with Charlotte Murray's family. I am aware of their desire to see the law changed, as is proposed for England and Wales. I will meet Charlotte Murray's family soon and will consider the issue further in the light of the passage of the Bill. I know that Sinead...

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

Naomi Long: I want to say a couple of things on that. In circumstances where someone has been murdered and sentencing takes place, obviously, it is a matter for the judge to make a judgement on what they decide to do. Where they issue a life sentence and then make a tariff decision, they take account of the circumstances in the individual case, which would include any aggravating or mitigating factors,...

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

Naomi Long: First and foremost, it would not be appropriate for me to prejudge whether Helen's law will be introduced, because we have not made a decision on it. It is still under consideration. When it comes to sentencing, the provisions in the 1998 Act are already set out. It would be a matter for the Northern Ireland Office to change the 1998 Act in order to bring in what the Member suggests as part...

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

Naomi Long: The Member is correct in identifying that there are two places in the system where aggravating factors such as non-disclosure of victims' remains can be considered. The first is at the point of tariff setting, where the judge makes a decision on the earliest point in a sentence at which a life prisoner can apply for parole. Obviously, that is often not the point at which life prisoners are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Driving Offences: Sentencing (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: Mr Speaker, with your permission, I will take questions 5 and 12 together. The recent consultation on sentencing included driving offences resulting in death or serious injury, including those as a result of careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. A number of questions were posed, including whether the current maximum of 14 years should increase to a maximum of life or...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Driving Offences: Sentencing (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: First, I join the Member in paying tribute to the family of Enda Dolan. Enda's death is one that sticks in most people's mind. It was an absolutely horrific incident. I had the honour of spending time with the family recently when they came to meet me to discuss their concerns about the sentencing in that case and about how sentences are constructed. Their desire is to see sentencing as...

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

Naomi Long: Worryingly, there are, on average, six domestic homicides each year in Northern Ireland, with a domestic abuse incident occurring every 17 minutes. Each domestic homicide is a tragedy, and behind every statistic there is a person with family and friends whose life has ended in traumatic circumstances. I want to do all that I can to prevent that happening in the future. I intend to introduce...

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

Naomi Long: Submitting suicide to a domestic homicide review is complex because, for such a review to take place, the case must have gone to court. Therefore, it can be very difficult, unless it can be proved that coercion or force was involved in the suicide, for that to happen. Homicide suicide cases will be used for refinement purposes as we develop the tools for domestic homicides, and they will be...

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

Naomi Long: We are aware that domestic homicide reviews are happening in other regions. That is one of the reasons why we have decided to introduce them here. They were originally introduced in England and Wales in 2011, under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crimes and Victims Act 2004. That legislation also provides for Northern Ireland in the form of a commencement order. We hope to bring that...

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

Naomi Long: The issue of hyponatremia falls well outside the scope of a question about domestic homicide. It would be for the Minister of Health to take forward any investigation in that regard.

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

Naomi Long: The intention is that we will bring the domestic abuse Bill to the Committee ahead of Easter recess. With a fair wind, that should happen because we are just waiting for the Office of the Legislative Counsel to sign off on the Bill. It should then go through the Executive process, and, hopefully, it will be with the Committee ahead of recess. After that, it will really be in the hands of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Antisocial Behaviour (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: Tackling antisocial behaviour and the negative impact that that type of behaviour has on communities is a priority for the Executive. That is reflected in the current draft Programme for Government, which outlines our commitment to improving community safety by tackling antisocial behaviour (ASB) through a review of legislation. My Department carried out a consultation in 2018, inviting...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Antisocial Behaviour (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: We have engaged with stakeholders in a number of ways, such as through the Northern Ireland safe community survey, previously the Northern Ireland crime survey. It asked people about their perceptions of crime, so we have had direct contact with the public. We are also working with other partners, including policing and community safety partnerships, the police, and community and voluntary...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Antisocial Behaviour (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. It picks up where the previous question left off. We need a multi-agency response in a number of areas and across different Departments. For example, alcohol issues are persistently raised, and I am working with the Department for Communities on looking at the issues around seizure. We want to ensure that there are alternative solutions. Improving the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Antisocial Behaviour (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: The Member highlights a particular issue that tends to happen with increasing warm weather and more people spending time outside. It should be an opportunity for people to enjoy the environment around them, but many of us will know — the Member will have had experience of this in his constituency — of the impact that drinking can have, particularly when it comes to the enjoyment of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Antisocial Behaviour (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: The deployment of police resources on the ground is a matter for the Chief Constable, and the question would be best directed towards him. There are additional officers being made available, and the police have been clear to the Policing Board that it is their intention to use those officers to strengthen community policing teams, not just in order to tackle antisocial behaviour but to help...

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

Naomi Long: The modernisation of the civil and family justice system is one of a number of significant reforms being progressed by the Department. As the Gillen review recognised, the civil and family justice system has not been subjected to fundamental change for some years, and substantial reform will take time and require considerable contributions from a range of partners, including other Departments...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Crime and Older People (3 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I pass on my gratitude to the Member for North Antrim and the Member for East Belfast for tabling the motion and welcome the opportunity to respond. I also congratulate the two Members who made their maiden speech during the debate. There is no more important issue that they could have chosen on which to address the House. I thank the Commissioner for Older People for conducting the first...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland (2 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Members who tabled the motion and amendment and allowed us to have a debate about something hugely important. Paramilitary groups continue to exploit communities in Northern Ireland and to harm people through their criminality and coercive control. They destroy lives and hurt the people whom they so often claim to represent. It is right that we discuss the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Paramilitarism in Northern Ireland (2 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I want to get through this, and I am quite short for time. The final thematic approach is about strategies and powers to tackle criminal activity. The key delivery partner here is the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), which was set up in 2016 as a dedicated investigative capacity to tackle all forms of criminality linked to paramilitarism. Along with the PSNI, the National Crime Agency...


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