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Results 781–800 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'

2014 JHA Opt-out Decision (15 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to have an opportunity to participate briefly in this debate. I want primarily to address the issue of the EAW, which is of particular concern in Northern Ireland because of the close co-operation required between the justice Departments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in tackling terrorism and serious organised crime, on behalf of not just Northern Ireland, but...

2014 JHA Opt-out Decision (15 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: If the hon. Gentleman is patient, I shall come on to the specific problems that will occur if the EAW does not operate continuously. There are indeed challenges to that co-operation which are not about will but about means and process. From a Northern Ireland perspective, this is of particular importance. Since the EAW came into force in January 2004, the PSNI has received about 265 EAWs for...

2014 JHA Opt-out Decision (15 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I accept that that is the case, which causes me concern and, indeed, it will cause my colleagues in Northern Ireland even more concern. It would therefore be helpful if the Government could provide reassurance on that matter at the end of the debate. Any suggestion that we may choose not to opt back in would have significant consequences for north-south co-operation on justice matters in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (10 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Further to the question from the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan), inward investors will look at governance as part of due diligence before investing in any region. Given the serious allegations about political interference in public housing contracts, does the Secretary of State agree that it is within her remit to call for a full independent inquiry under the terms of the Inquiries Act...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Northern Ireland (16 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I join the Secretary of State in condemning those engaged in violence, whether in seeking to breach a determination or in attacking lawful parades, thereby providing a further challenge to the rule of law and causing further damage to Northern Ireland’s reputation. I also extend my best wishes to the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Mr Dodds). My primary concern is both for my...

Bill of Rights (Northern Ireland) (16 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I am pleased, Mr Chope, to have secured this short debate today to raise with the Secretary of State the issue of the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. It is a busy day in Parliament from a Northern Ireland perspective—the Committee on the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill is meeting and the Secretary of State is due to make a statement in the House on the appalling and...

Bill of Rights (Northern Ireland) (16 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point. He reinforces what I said earlier about there being no consensus on the issue. However, I want to address some of what he said. There are two narratives around the Bill of Rights. One is an expansive Bill of Rights, which includes a lot of detail, such as socio-economic rights to which he refers, and there are others who believe that that is not the...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

Naomi Long: There appear to be two conflicting objectives in what has been set out by the Prime Minister. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that on one hand it is about policing the use of chemical weapons, and on the other a humanitarian agenda is being set out, with legal reasons why a humanitarian intervention would be possible? The three conditions could have been met in Syria at any time for many...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

Naomi Long: I agree with the hon. Gentleman’s last statement, but the issue of consistency is important. The question in the minds of the public, and many of us in the House tonight, is, “Why in some cases and not in others?” Surely in order to reassure the public, we need to have a clear framework as to how these decisions are taken.

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

Naomi Long: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that part of the problem is that the legal justification is the humanitarian crisis? Even without chemical weapons, there is still a humanitarian crisis. How would we justify stopping action?

[Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] — Driver and Vehicle Agency (Northern Ireland) (15 Oct 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way, and I pay tribute to the hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr Campbell) for securing the debate. It is right that all parties are giving support on the issue. Does she agree that if the proposal is about modernising how the service is delivered, such a modernisation could be delivered in Northern Ireland without the need for closing the base there? We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Public Order (16 Oct 2013)

Naomi Long: The Secretary of State will be aware that the security situation in Northern Ireland has deteriorated not just in respect of civil disorder, but in respect of an increase in paramilitary activity both from dissident and republicans and from loyalists. Will the right hon. Lady ensure that everything she can do to ensure that those who are responsible for those attacks, murders and attempted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 1 — Patterns and lessons report on aspects of the past (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: The new clause has been tabled while talks are under way with Haass and so on, and there is a process that deals with issues from the past. Does the hon. Gentleman believe that the new clause puts the cart before the horse, or does he think that it complies with that general process?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 1 — Patterns and lessons report on aspects of the past (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: I understand the merit in the proposal, but is the HET, for example, the right basis for the kind of reports that the hon. Gentleman seeks? The purpose of the investigation, for example of the HET, is to look at the matter with a view to the prosecution of those guilty of those offences. The understanding and the narrative that forms the backdrop to those events are not necessarily the job of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 1 — Patterns and lessons report on aspects of the past (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: I see this as a constructive proposal, but does the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is the potential for it to become another partial solution that addresses part of the past, and is therefore not the comprehensive solution we seek?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 1 — Patterns and lessons report on aspects of the past (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: The hon. Lady touches on a point that I had intended to raise with the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan). At the end of an Historical Enquiries Team review of a case, it is not necessarily a closed case, but could still be an open case in which new information could lead to prosecution. Is there a risk that publishing detailed reports that imply patterns could prejudice the outcome of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: New Clause 1 — Patterns and lessons report on aspects of the past (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the hon. Gentleman and, in her absence, the Secretary of State for contacting me over the weekend about the events that took place, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister for phoning today. I pay tribute to the police officers who attended the scene on the evening. Without their swift response and the actions they took, the situation could have been much more serious. As it is, the...

New Clause 2 — Petitions of concern (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: But surely what the amendment does is not clarify the balance between the two, but in fact give one supremacy over the other? The reality is that in a divided society where there are competing rights and tensions in respect of those rights it is essential to strike a balance. Instead of simply giving equality the upper hand on all occasions, we must ensure that equality and good relations are...

New Clause 2 — Petitions of concern: Clause 1 — Donations (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: I support the amendment, and I particularly welcome the fact that following our debate in Committee of the whole House the Government have listened to the representations I made, as well as those made by the “Who Pulls the Strings” campaign in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. It is not often that those of us on the Opposition Benches see the matters that we...

New Clause 2 — Petitions of concern: Clause 28 — Commencement (18 Nov 2013)

Naomi Long: I will take this opportunity to welcome the Minister of State to his new post. It has been an experience getting to know him slightly better this evening. It is good that we have been able to make some progress during what I think has been, with regard to outcomes, quite a positive evening. I also want to express my personal sympathy, and that of my party, to the SDLP and the McGrady family...


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