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Results 61–80 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: Ministerial Statement: Recent Visit to the United States (30 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the deputy First Minister for his statement and for the work that he, the First Minister and other Members did over the St Patrick’s Day period in order to market Northern Ireland, particularly for inward investment. In the deputy First Minister’s judgement, how does it affect our credibility in seeking inward investment in a global marketplace to have local Ministers wax lyrical...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Health, Social Services  and Public Safety: Assaults on Health Workers (30 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: One aspect of monitoring the effectiveness of zero tolerance is monitoring prosecutions. Some trusts do that effectively and others do not. Has the Minister had any discussion with the Public Prosecution Service or the PSNI with regard to monitoring the prosecution of those who are charged with the offence of attacking Health Service workers?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Domestic Violence (31 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the proposers of the motion for bringing what is a very important issue back to the House. Domestic violence is an important issue, for not just the Assembly, but for society and for those who are its victims. Underpinning the debate around the issue must be a basic acceptance by everyone that the use, or threat, of violence is unacceptable in any context. The fact that it takes place...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Domestic Violence (31 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: I agree with the Member that when sentencing seems to be light or inappropriate, or when issues are not taken seriously enough, it is a major disincentive to many people who are living with this problem in silence. It is also true when people feel that their complaint is not taken seriously when they report it, when there is not an adequate response, or when they feel that, having done...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Domestic Violence (31 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: It is often the case that part of the abuse is in the control of finances. Therefore, the need to pay for orders to keep the partner away from a victim can be prohibitive. That must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Domestic Violence (31 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: Anna Lo referred to the importance of education. Does the Member accept that often those who abuse and who are abused are conditioned by their experiences of watching other relationships around them? That allows them to accept such a relationship as normal for much longer than for many of those who have not had those experiences, and, therefore, the support and counselling to which the Member...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: All-Party Assembly Group on Autism (31 Mar 2009)

Naomi Long: The Member referred to the fact that people see autism as a childhood disease. Does he agree that it is particularly important that adults who are living with autism have better access to diagnostic services so that they can take the first steps in finding their way to get the proper support that they need in order to be able to live their lives to the full?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Cross-Sector Advisory Forum (20 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: I hope that Mr Speaker accepts that there must be clarity about the issues that have been raised. The Budget resolution, which is the key vote on how the money is to be disbursed, was opposed by a number of Members. The Budget Bill was not opposed, because that would have prevented the money from being drawn down. That clarification must be made for the record. With respect to the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Childcare Strategy (20 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Members who tabled the debate for bringing the issue before the House. The issue of accessible and affordable childcare is something that we need to concentrate on. I support the motion, which calls for a coherent and, perhaps most importantly, properly resourced strategy. I also support the amendment, which highlights the need for such a strategy to take into account irregular...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Loss of Nursing Posts (20 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. It would be helpful to have clarification, because, if I heard Mr Easton correctly, he asked Mr McCallister to tell the truth. That is not necessarily an accusation that he was doing anything otherwise.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Social Housing (21 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: I accept the Member’s comment about maintaining the coherence of local communities. I am sure that he will agree that that can also be achieved by the careful decant and relocation of residents during rebuild programmes. That has been done — albeit with more success in some situations than in others — and should be a top priority when those issues are being considered.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Social Housing (21 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: Will the Minister give way?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Social Housing (21 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way; I will be brief. I am slightly concerned because the debate was about refurbishment versus redevelopment, but then expanded into how to provide new homes, which is a separate issue. Redevelopment leads to less housing stock than would be the case with refurbishment; that has been the experience across Belfast, and it has caused major problems. Increasing the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: STEM Subjects (27 Apr 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Members for bringing the motion to the House. In his introduction, Paul Butler said that there was a perception that people who study STEM subjects are nerds or geeks. I am interested in the debate because I studied STEM subjects and enjoyed them very much. For many years, I was an engineer by day and a politician by night, which could be the strapline for a very boring comic-book...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Costs of Division (5 May 2009)

Naomi Long: Perhaps the Member would agree that the First Minister acknowledged the problem when he said that the task is large, but that that is no reason for us not to try to tackle it and that it is important to do so?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Transport Sectoral Format (11 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his statement and particularly for mentioning public transport issues. The statement referred to progressing initiatives that underline the all-Ireland dimension of public transport. However, after that, the focus on public transport seemed to come down to the Dublin to Belfast rail link. Will the Minister outline some of the other public transport initiatives that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: regional development: Infill Development (11 May 2009)

Naomi Long: 3. asked the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the cumulative impact on local infrastructure of successive infill development; how this is assessed by his Department as part of the development control process; and what agreement there has been with the Department of the Environment on this issue.            (AQO 2673/09)

Northern Ireland Assembly: regional development: Infill Development (11 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his answer, which was very helpful. I note his comment about the regional development strategy and area plans. Does he accept that they are out of date in respect of what is happening on the ground, and that infill development in back gardens, for example, is not covered? Although such areas may not qualify as brownfield, they are still development sites. Does the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private members’ business: Children Missing from Care (11 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Members who brought the motion to the House and those who tabled the amendment. It has already been mentioned that the absence of the Health Minister is a major disappointment in the context of this debate. I agree with Sue Ramsey; I do not believe that his presence in the Chamber for an hour and a half as a courtesy to Members would have significantly set back his response to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private members’ business: Children Missing from Care (11 May 2009)

Naomi Long: The Member’s point is welcome, because it highlights the issue of whether or not the Executive are functioning in a joined-up fashion. The two junior Ministers in OFMDFM are tasked with dealing with children’s and young people’s issues, and it is unfortunate that arrangements could not have been made in the Executive to ensure that there was some response to the debate. I will not get...


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