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Results 61–80 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: Private Members' Business: Violent Crime (2 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way. I just want to point out that, while the sentencing review is complete, its outcomes or conclusions have not been enacted. I would also point him to the part of my speech where I said that the criminal justice system had an important role to play, because he must have missed that in my original remarks.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Violent Crime (2 Mar 2020)

Naomi Long: I put on record my gratitude to the Members for Upper Bann, South Down and Mid Ulster for bringing the motion to the House and to the Members who tabled amendments to expand on the debate that we have had. I also thank all those who participated in the discussions, and I very much welcome the opportunity to respond. I share Members' concerns about violent crime. No crime is acceptable, and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Stalking Legislation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: Thank you. I met Fiona Jamieson and her daughter Ciara Hindman, who has been a victim of stalking. Her mother has been an incredible advocate for her. I have met a number of victims of stalking over the past number of weeks, and Members will be aware that it is my intention to introduce a Bill in the autumn to create a specific offence of stalking. It is also the intention of that Bill to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rape Prosecutions (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I think that it covers three sets of areas. First of all, there is an educational piece, where the Department of Justice and other Departments need to engage in educating people better about the issues of consent and sexual assault. We also need to look at process issues that can be resolved without legislation. The third category does include legislation, and I hope that, in the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Provisional IRA: Current Status (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: The assessment of the activity of the Provisional IRA is not a matter for the Department of Justice. The assessment of active terrorism is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office and an operational matter for the Chief Constable. Therefore, it is not something that I can offer.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Provisional IRA: Current Status (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: For fear of any confusion, I did not dodge the question. In fact, I gave the Member a very clear answer: responsibility for this matter lies with the Northern Ireland Office.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Springhill/Westrock Massacre (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. As you are aware, there is already a procedure in place when issues are referred to the coroner for an inquest decision. However, I believe that the best way forward in dealing with legacy issues is, as I stated in the earlier part of my answers, a comprehensive process such as that set out in the Stormont House Agreement, but I am happy to meet the Member...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Magilligan Prison: Accommodation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. The Department is committed to replacing the prison at Magilligan and retaining a prison at that site. We recognise that significant investment is required on the site and, as part of the work of the Prison Service and the directorate for prisons, they are taking forward a number of proposals that are required on the prisons estate. I would be happy to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Magilligan Prison: Accommodation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: It would not be appropriate for me to prejudge the outcome of the development of the estates, but, as you know, in December 2018, the Northern Ireland Prison Service published a document on the estates and sought the view of stakeholders. We remain committed to the redevelopment of Magilligan prison. An outline business case is at an advanced stage for that and will be submitted for approval...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Interface Barriers (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: The Department has been taking forward work, on a collaborative basis with other Departments, on trying to support communities in the removal of interface barriers. Some of those communities, as you will appreciate, face significant challenges in building the confidence that would allow them to feel safe and secure. That has to be our priority; that people feel safe in those communities when...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Interface Barriers (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I cannot give a definitive answer, but I guess that part of the reason why it has not been signed off is that we have not had a Minister in place to do that. I will certainly talk to the Department to see what stage that is at and whether there is anything more that we can do to advance it. It is crucial that we not only support communities as they prepare to remove barriers but make sure...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Upskirting: Criminal Offence (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: As the Member will be aware, a number of things are in process in respect of sexual offences, not least the Gillen review. There is also an issue with cybercrime and looking at how those attacks are done; there is a White Paper in Westminster on that. We will consider which is the most appropriate vehicle for us to be able to deal with that so that we ensure that people are protected. There...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Upskirting: Criminal Offence (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I have no plans to legislate for the change. However, we are doing a number of things to support child victims, including making sure that they are able to give evidence remotely in cases so that they are not at risk of coming into contact with the offender; and ensuring that they are properly supported in advance of that in an age-appropriate way. There are a number of other things that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Paul Quinn (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his question. Each Minister takes a Pledge of Office that commits us: "to work collectively with the other members of the Executive Committee to achieve a society free of paramilitarism; to challenge all paramilitary activity and associated criminality". All of us need to live up to those commitments. Anyone with information about Paul Quinn's murder should pass it to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Paul Quinn (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I cannot answer for the Finance Minister, but I was in my place when the deputy First Minister was answering that question and said that the allegation had been withdrawn. So, I point the Member to that answer: the allegation has been withdrawn; it is not, as he suggests, that there has been a refusal to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legacy Issues: Legislation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: We have gone some way from the HIU and the Stormont House Agreement to the separated regime in prisons, but, in principle, I am always happy for somebody else to pick up the bill for issues that we have to take care of in the Department. If the NIO is willing to do so, I am more than happy to let it. We recognise the sensitivity of the separated regime, but, realistically, at this time, we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legacy Issues: Legislation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: Such a body needs to be article 2-compliant. It is important that the body that investigates then produces reports that are forwarded to a separate body to determine whether prosecutions should take place. I am not sure whether that is the particular issue that the Member hints at. From our perspective, that would be the separation that we see there being. It is entirely appropriate, however,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legacy Issues: Legislation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: As the Member will be well aware, the issue has drawn some particular political controversy over many years, and I suspect that that may not change in the near future. However, it is a matter for the NIO, which took forward the consultation, to look at and assess the responses. From our perspective, we are clear that the current regime is not fit for purpose and cannot continue to deal with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legacy Issues: Legislation (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: I do. It is hugely important, in order to transform our society from one in which there have been significant issues around lawlessness and lack of respect for the rule of law. In order to build confidence that we are going forward on a different basis, it is hugely important that we address those issues and give victims the opportunity to receive not just truth but, where possible, justice....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: HIA Compensation Payments (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: The Executive Office has policy, statutory and budgetary responsibility for the establishment of the redress board and has been leading engagement with victims and survivors' groups. However, my Department is working diligently to establish the redress board and to support Justice Colton to discharge his functions as president-elect of that board. The president-elect has met the Interim...


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