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Results 81–100 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: HIA Compensation Payments (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: That will not be the case. Applicants who gave evidence to the Hart inquiry will not be required to provide further written evidence to the redress board unless they wish to do so. They will be asked if they are content for the redress board to determine their application on the basis of the evidence of the Hart inquiry, and the redress board will then obtain a copy of that from the Public...

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

Naomi Long: I ask for the Speaker's indulgence. There are quite a lot of statistics in the answer, and I do not want to stumble over them. I may take slightly longer than I would like. Figures from the Police Service of Northern Ireland record that there were 5,290 offences of rape, including attempted rape, reported to the police during the period from 2014 to 2019. Of those, a charge or summons has...

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

Naomi Long: That is a key issue and, clearly, one that is hugely important. The Gillen review was commissioned by the Criminal Justice Board to examine how the criminal justice system dealt with cases of serious sexual assault. Sir John Gillen made 253 recommendations for improving procedures and practice to deliver better outcomes and support for complainants. I am committed to delivering real change in...

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

Naomi Long: The ministerial commitment of the time was to a wider review of the legislation governing the determination of tariffs for mandatory life sentences. In Northern Ireland, a person guilty of murder must receive a life sentence, and the sentencing judge must set an appropriate tariff. The tariff is the minimum period the person must remain in prison before being considered for release by the...

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

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his supplementary question, and I want to say a few things in answer to his question. First, it is worth considering that there is no major disparity in sentencing guidance covering such offences and tariffs between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The tariff is the first point where someone may ask for parole to be considered, but it is not, if you like,...

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

Naomi Long: I thank the Chair of the Committee for his question. First, the review that was undertaken was of tariffs for mandatory life sentences, so that has already gone ahead. On the issue of wider sentencing, there is an issue of aggravated offences that needs to be considered. There are a number of different ways that people can be judged for murder, because some are whole-life sentences, some are...

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

Naomi Long: Yes, I can. With respect to the provisions that have been made in Westminster under the emergency legislation, we consulted with the Ministry of Justice and the Northern Ireland Office and indicated that, whilst there were a number of issues about how sentences are constructed in Northern Ireland and, specifically, about any retrospectivity that might be incurred as a result of the changes...

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

Naomi Long: The Lord Chief Justice's sentencing group was set up in 2016 to provide guideline cases that could then be considered as part of the overall consideration that judges would make when they were doing sentencing. In addition to the legal members on the panel, lay members were added in, I think, 2018. At the moment, whilst we continue to review its operation, there are no firm proposals for change.

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

Naomi Long: First, I thank the Member for raising the issue, because it has been a major feature in the recent consultation. I am aware, obviously, that there was particular public interest in that, as a result of the accident involving Enda Dolan, where he died as a result of quite an appalling case. First, I express my sympathy to Peter Dolan and his wife, Niamh, for the experience that they have had...

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

Naomi Long: Terrorist offences are for the UK Government to legislate on because they are a reserved matter. However, there is, of course, the opportunity for us to look at when parole kicks in with respect to those offences. As I said in answer to Doug Beattie's question, the issue is that this was driven by an imperative in England and Wales with respect to a particular issue that was arising. When the...

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

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his point. A number of elements have to be considered by judges when they are deciding on the tariff to apply in life sentence cases. However, to be clear, if someone commits murder in Northern Ireland, they will automatically receive a life sentence. The tariff is not the point at which someone is released on parole; it is the first point at which they can apply to be...

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

Naomi Long: Since the New Decade, New Approach deal, my officials have spoken to their Northern Ireland Office counterparts on several occasions, and we await formal meetings to discuss the next steps towards the publication and introduction of the promised legislation. In the period following the completion of the Northern Ireland Office's public consultation on its draft Stormont House Agreement Bill,...

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

Naomi Long: It is clear from the earlier draft legislation published by the Northern Ireland Office that many of the areas to be included in that legislation do not fall within my responsibilities. However, the recent commitment included recognition that the legislation should have the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly, so work will have to be done to achieve that before we go any further. It is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Tributes to Former Members (17 Feb 2020)

Naomi Long: It feels very strange to be making these tributes to colleagues in this way, but I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to do so. I hope that Members from other parties will forgive me for focusing on my late colleague Seamus Close in my remarks today. He was one of the first people to join Alliance when it was first formed in 1970, driven by his belief that the horror that was unfolding...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Tributes to former deputy First Minister Séamus Mallon (27 Jan 2020)

Naomi Long: I add my condolences to the Mallon family, particularly to Orla, his son-in-law, Mark, and his granddaughter, Lara, and the wider family circle. I also extend sympathies to his friends and colleagues in the SDLP. As a role model for generous leadership, you can have no better. Whilst those closest to him will feel his passing most acutely, all of us in politics — indeed, all of us in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of Minister of Justice (11 Jan 2020)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Speaker. You have chaired meetings at which I have been present, and I know that you will not indulge me much, but I would like to place on record that I am honoured to have the support of all sides of the House for the role I am about to take up. I am also honoured to be following to build on the considerable legacy of David Ford and the legacy of Claire Sugden, and I pay...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of Junior Ministers (11 Jan 2020)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of Junior Ministers (11 Jan 2020)

Naomi Long: I am not sure if other Members in the Chamber are having the difficulty that I am having in hearing you, Mr Speaker. There seems to be a problem with your mic, and it is incredibly difficult for us to hear what you are saying. In order to be helpful, we would like to be able to hear you better.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of Minister of Justice (11 Jan 2020)

Naomi Long: Yes, Mr Speaker, I accept the nomination, and I thank Kellie for her words.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Appointment of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (11 Jan 2020)

Naomi Long: Mr Speaker, first of all, I congratulate you and your team of Deputy Speakers on your appointments. There is significant pressure facing the Assembly, and all of us, given the backlog of Assembly business that needs to be undertaken in swift time, and we will work with you, constructively, in order to ensure that that can be done in as expeditious a manner as possible. A lot of water, much of...


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