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Results 181–200 of 800 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: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his timely intervention, because I was about to outline the other occasions when the House has used accelerated passage and the particular circumstances pertaining to them. The Member asked whether a precedent has been set. I believe that it has, because the deputy First Minister’s opening statement did not outline all of the requirements — as requested by Standing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: However, as is outlined in Standing Order 40 — and if Members are unhappy that Standing Orders make requirements clearly in black and white before our eyes, that is their problem and not mine — certain requirements must be met. That is not the case with this Bill. When the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister raised those issues with the First Minister,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: No, I have given way already. The other issues —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: The Minister will have an opportunity to respond at the end of the debate, and I am happy for him to do so. OFMDFM has had adequate opportunity to answer the questions put to it by the Committee, but has failed to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My speech almost became accelerated, which would please some Members and not others. I do not believe that substantive reasons were given for accelerated passage. After a commissioner designate made some comments on television, I pressed the junior Minister — he may wish to respond to my points when i finish — on whether there were difficulties in commissioners...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: It is a shame that the junior Minister did not include that impediment in the three-page letter that was sent to the Committee in response to its specific question. That point was not included in the press statement about impediments not existing. I also think that it is a pity that the Committee meeting was not recorded. However, the meeting took place behind closed doors at the request of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: No, I will not give way; I want to finish my speech. The Committee was told that there could be an issue. The only impediment that was brought to its attention, either verbally or in writing, was that of the distribution of funding. Given that, at present, no framework is in place for the commissioners to issue grant funding — after all, they have only been appointed — and there is no...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (31 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: What the Member has said causes me some concern. Throughout this process, we have been assured that there would be no attempt to Balkanise or pigeonhole the individual appointees in any way. We were assured that they would represent the needs of all the victims and survivors in a united and collective manner. I am concerned, therefore, by what the Member seems to be suggesting now. It is not...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (1 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: Does the Member agree that had the Bill gone through the normal Stages — including the Committee Stage — there would have been ample opportunity to hear the views of victims and their representatives? That would have enabled us to establish whether they are in favour of the Bill, or whether that assertion is simply spin being put on the issue by certain political parties for their own ends.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (1 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: Will the Member give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Redevelopment of the lower Newtownards Road, Belfast (1 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: As someone who grew up on the Newtownards Road, I remember when it was a bustling commercial area where there was plenty of activity. It is depressing to see the decline that has encroached on it over the last 30 to 40 years. Complex factors have affected that area. Robin Newton was correct to identify that the decline in heavy industry has had an impact on local people’s disposable income....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: Development Control Section,  Roads Service (7 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: I want to return to development control. The Minister of the Environment recently circulated advice to her Department on the cumulative effects of development. Does Roads Service also consider the cumulative effects of road traffic and parking when examining applications, particularly if they are one of a series in a neighbourhood?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Footpaths in Kingsdale Park, East Belfast (8 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: I thank Members for their support for my bringing this issue to the Floor. I also thank the Regional Development Minister for making himself available for this debate, despite having had an extremely busy day. This issue may not be on the same scale as the recent news about public transport, but it is nevertheless important to constituents of East Belfast. From that perspective, I appreciate...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (21 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: Back-Bench Members on a Committee may well agree with the particular policy direction that is taken by a Minister. However, does the Member agree that the concern stems from the fact that the policy has to be pushed through so rapidly that other people’s views and opinions cannot be debated? There seems to be some fear that a full and frank discussion would lead to Members being more...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Post Office Closures (21 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: I thank the Members who tabled the motion and the Business Committee for scheduling the debate. The consultation period on this issue is too short. Those people who use post office services are frustrated and feel that they are being denied the opportunity to reply fully. Such a short consultation period hampers consideration of possible alternatives to closure that could make the services...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Post Office Closures (21 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: The Member was involved on the previous occasion that closures took place. Would he agree that the closure of the Belmont branch will affect people whose business was previously transferred from as far away as the Knocknagoney branch when it was closed? Those people now have a considerable distance to cross without any bus services or support.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Construction Industry Jobs (21 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: I thank the Members who brought the motion before the House, and the Minister for his attendance — the motion calls on his ministerial colleague to act, but DETI also has a role to play. After working in the construction industry for 10 years before becoming a Member of the Assembly, I am aware of its cyclical nature and the changes that it goes through. During the past 20 to 30 years,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Construction Industry Jobs (21 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: It seems that when a Member makes balanced comments in the Chamber, often only half of them are heard. I hope that the Member will accept that I reflected the fact that the two factors that he just mentioned are currently at work, and causing problems. I was saying that we do not want to talk the industry into further crisis.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Construction Industry Jobs (21 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: Am I to assume, because the Member is having a go at Francie Brolly, that he took exception to Mr Brolly’s remarks about us town-dwellers giving advice about anything in this Chamber?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (22 Apr 2008)

Naomi Long: Answer the question.


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