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Results 701–720 of 900 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'

Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (Programme No. 2): New Clause 3 — Modification of NCA functions (13 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: When the right hon. Gentleman said that he did two years in Northern Ireland, it sounded more like a sentence than a pleasure. I am sure that was not intentional. Does he agree that the problem is much more significant than simply leaving Northern Ireland at an operational disadvantage, which will clearly happen? There is currently a duty on the PSNI to co-operate with the Serious Organised...

Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (Programme No. 2): New Clause 3 — Modification of NCA functions (13 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that a false interface is being created between terrorism and criminality, which is an extremely blurred area in Northern Ireland, in that the same people are often involved in both activities? Does he also agree that a false interface exists in the incorrect assumption that there is some kind of border beyond which the tentacles of those criminals cannot reach?

Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (Programme No. 2): New Clause 3 — Modification of NCA functions (13 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: I wonder whether the right hon. Gentleman would agree that there is another important issue here, to which the Government might be able to respond. Where the NCA is operating in the reserved field in Northern Ireland, we will still have an input into the organised crime effort. The Home Secretary, however, has removed the statutory requirement to consult the Department of Justice and the...

Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (Programme No. 2): New Clause 3 — Modification of NCA functions (13 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: I hope I can reassure my right hon. Friend slightly. The Justice Minister is aware of that particular risk and is working to try to put in place mechanisms to ensure that such a gap does not exist and that alternative arrangements are available for co-operation and the trading of information, if we fail to get to the desirable point where the whole of the NCA is operating properly in Northern...

Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] (Programme No. 2): New Clause 3 — Modification of NCA functions (13 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: I do not doubt for a minute that the hon. Gentleman’s concerns about wanting the NCA to operate in a way that respects the devolved settlement and secures the progress that has been made in policing are genuine, but he has referred on a number of occasions to the original draft Bill, and considerable changes have been made to it to get to where we are today—leaving aside the fact that we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Devolved Administrations (EU Third Pillar) (19 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: What discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the proposed opt-out from the EU third-pillar arrangements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Devolved Administrations (EU Third Pillar) (19 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his answer, but he will be aware that, as Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK with a land border, moves to opt out of the third pillar could affect the effective operation of the European arrest warrant system between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Will he assure the House that the Northern Ireland Executive and the Justice Minister will be...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: All of us who sat in the Chamber throughout last week’s Budget statement will be acutely aware of the context in which this debate is taking place. Global economic conditions remain extremely challenging and the impact on the UK economy has led to the downgrading of many of last year’s Budget predictions. The people we represent, who listened to the statement outside this place, were...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: I agree entirely that they have that endorsement, and the Prime Minister’s Twitter feed today suggests that all of those sectors are engaged in lobbying activity. Being geographically more remote adds to household bills and business costs. The cost of fuel, for example, is a particular pressure, with Northern Ireland consumers facing the highest petrol and diesel prices in the UK and some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: House of Lords (26 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: As part of the pre-legislative consultation on the draft Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, consideration has been given to the elimination of dual mandates not only between the House of Commons and the Northern Ireland Assembly, but between the House of Lords and the Assembly. What is the Minister’s view?

Royal Assent: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (26 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: Given the mobility of both the work force and students, what discussions has the Secretary of State had with the devolved Administrations regarding the proposed changes to funding nurse places and training?

Flood Insurance (26 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: Before entering politics, I spent a lot of time designing sewerage and drainage systems. One thing that needs to be looked at for long-term protection is the design standards that are used. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we could collaborate with the civil engineering sector and look to how we could design our standards differently in order to respond to the changes in rainfall patterns...

Flood Insurance (26 Mar 2013)

Naomi Long: rose—

Persecution of Christians (16 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to have secured this debate on the increasing threat to freedom of religion in certain parts of the world, which is an important issue. Due to time pressure, I apologise in advance for the fact that I may not be able to accept many interventions. These are issues, however, on which I have placed significant emphasis during my time in Parliament not only because I believe...

Persecution of Christians (16 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I absolutely agree. The watchlist is a helpful aid for those who are interested in this issue. I have previously highlighted the persecution of Christians in countries where they are a minority, such as Sudan and Somalia, and persecution is still perpetuated at both state and community level. The current trend, however, is towards increasing civil unrest by Islamic extremists in countries...

Persecution of Christians (16 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I hope that the Minister will be able reflect on that in his response. The nature of persecution is incredibly variable. In some situations, it will take the form of a “squeeze”, with pressure being applied, while in others it is in the form of “smash”, with recourse to violence. However, either kind represents a denial of article 18 and should be resisted. Recent trends suggest that...

Persecution of Christians (16 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I absolutely agree and concur with all that has been said. It is hugely important that those countries are restructured in a way that will increase progressive democracy in those nations.

Persecution of Christians (16 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I am afraid not. I have very little time and I want to make another point. Attacks on churches are an assault not on an individual faith tradition, but on the rule of law, and, if a line is not held by the Government in addressing that, confidence in the state and its ability to uphold the rule of law in the face of pressure for all Egyptians will eventually be diminished. Statements...

Northern Ireland (23 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the Secretary of State for her remarks, but as she is aware, the housing stock does need to transform dramatically. The cost differential between building one and two-bedroom properties and three-bedroom properties is negligible, but we end up with a less flexible housing stock as a result. Has the impact of this measure been properly thought through, particularly in respect of...

Northern Ireland (23 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that those opinion poll findings are the reason why, despite Sinn Fein having launched its campaign for a border poll with great fanfare, we have not heard much about it since?


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