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Results 741–760 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'

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: The current definition of a victim is a very sensitive issue and I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that it is something that we need to discuss, but I take issue with what he suggests. The definition of a victim ensures that the needs of everyone who is a victim—for example, the mother of the bomber, who may have suffered real pain and grief, in the same way as the husband of an...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Air Transport (Northern Ireland) (27 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey). I thank the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson) for his chairmanship of the Committee generally, and particularly for his interest in aviation and aviation policy. Such issues have consumed a lot of the Committee’s time, whether it is the aerospace industry, aviation strategy or APD, which reflects the importance of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: National Insurance Contributions (Northern Ireland) (1 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: How many people who worked in Northern Ireland and paid national insurance contributions while aged 14 or 15 between 1947 and 1957, which did not count towards their qualifying years for a full basic state pension, fall two years or less short of the years needed to qualify for such a pension.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: National Insurance Contributions (Northern Ireland) (1 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his answer, but some of the people who worked during that period, before the school leaving age changed in Northern Ireland, would be resident in other parts of the UK as well as in Northern Ireland. Therefore, will he undertake at least to raise the matter again with HMRC, in order that it can reconsider its response?

Prime Minister: Reserve Forces (3 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I welcome the Secretary of State’s comments about integrating welfare for reserve and regular soldiers. A constituent of mine, a former Royal Marine who is now in the Territorial Army, was injured on a training exercise and was unable to access Army rehabilitation and medical services in the same way he had been able to as a regular soldier. Will the right hon. Friend clarify whether the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Fighting organised crime and terrorism in Northern Ireland is important. Extradition from the Republic of Ireland is now entirely reliant on the European arrest warrant. I understand that Irish domestic legislation to allow extradition to the UK has been repealed. Can the Secretary of State confirm that the Justice Minister in Northern Ireland and, indeed, his counterpart in the Republic of...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I beg to move amendment 7, page 2, line 25, leave out ‘October’ and insert ‘January’.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: My amendments 7 and 8 aim to ensure that all donations made to Northern Ireland political parties from January 2014 will eventually be subject to publication. That would not interfere with the Secretary of State’s right to make a decision to extend the period of secrecy and non-publication that currently applies to donations made to political parties. That would remain in the Secretary of...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: The hon. Lady is correct to say that the Electoral Commission for Northern Ireland supports the amendments and believes that they would be practical in providing adequate support and advice to donors and political parties to make them fully aware of the change by January 2014. No substantive reasons have been given for this move not being able to proceed by 2014. Given all the issues...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Even if we judge that the risk now is high, the point is that there will never be a point at which we can say there is no risk. This provision is about transitioning and saying that the donor must now take some responsibility for judging whether to take that risk, and that that risk should not always outweigh the public interest.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I concur with the right hon. Gentleman’s concerns about international donations, but does he not agree that closing down all donations from the Irish Republic for parties that operate on an all-Ireland basis would not be fair, when parties that operate on a Northern Ireland or UK-wide basis can still get donations from the whole of the UK? Is it not more important that the Minister of State...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Just to clarify, will the hon. Gentleman confirm that he is not referring to my party’s website, where such information is easily found? I understand who he is alluding to, but it is not us.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I acknowledge that the Bill moves us forward. That is welcome and I welcomed it on Second Reading. Will he clarify exactly how my amendments 7 and 8 would pose any threat to security, given that all they would provide is that from January any donations made would be subject to publication once the Secretary of State deemed it was safe to publish?

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank hon. Members for their contributions. When we discuss this issue, it is natural that we focus heavily on the threat to donors from terrorism. I do not dismiss that, and I do not dismiss the point that the threat level is severe. However, no compelling evidence was presented to the Select Committee during our inquiry to show that the threat specifically targeted donors. People remain...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: The evidence that I am seeking is not evidence of the security threat. The evidence that I am referring to is evidence that amendments 7 and 8 would in any way compromise anyone’s security. The amendments leave it to the Secretary of State to decide when that information should be made public—she currently has that power—but make it clear that anyone making a donation after January 2014...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I agree entirely. There is a serious risk if people no longer trust their politicians and no longer trust their institutions to act in the public interest. The only way we can overcome that is by clearing the matter up. No party can easily defend itself while this information remains secret. I am willing to accept the Secretary of State maintaining the discretion as to when the information...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 1 — Donations (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: That is absolutely correct. I made it clear on Second Reading that I would be in favour of any measure that retrospectively exposed donors to publication. I believe that would be unjust while there is a legal question about whether they had the expectation that donations made in the prescribed period would not be made public. At a very personal level, they understood that to be the case. If...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I beg to move amendment 10, page 4, line 5, after ‘Commons’, insert ‘or House of Lords’.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I intend to keep my remarks on this group of amendments brief. I welcome the fact that the Government have acted on their promise to ensure that double-jobbing between MLAs and MPs will now be brought to an end. I also recognise that, as a result of discussions in the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, the Government have moved to include within that provision Members of Dail Eireann so that...


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