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Results 81–100 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: Private members’ business: Children Missing from Care (11 May 2009)

Naomi Long: We need a more coherent strategy, and I hope that the Minister will assure us that we will get one. Unfortunately, in the absence of statistics, it is hard to see how that will be achieved. In Wales, it has been shown that people living in families are less likely to abscond and be at risk. This is Foster Care Fortnight. If more work were done on that front, we could deal with many such...

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

Naomi Long: Will the Member add to that list that there are no records kept on staff assaults in the Health Service or of the outcome of prosecutions that are pursued or whether boards have supported the staff involved?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Restructuring of the Executive and Assembly (18 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I support the motion and thank the proposers for bringing it today. As Members are aware, the Alliance Party has a wide agenda for reforming these institutions and the system of government in Northern Ireland. We have been very open and honest about that. We are on record as having sought progressive changes to these institutions, whether through designations in the voting system; moving from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Restructuring of the Executive and Assembly (18 May 2009)

Naomi Long: Although we support the motion, we favour a focus on the more effective and efficient delivery of good governance. It is important that we do not overstate the potential financial savings, but we acknowledge that significant financial savings could be made.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and rural Development: Rural Childcare (18 May 2009)

Naomi Long: 1. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the implementation of the findings of the rural childcare stakeholder group.        (AQO 2731/09)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and rural Development: Rural Childcare (18 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for her comprehensive answer. I asked the question in the context of matters arising from child poverty. Is the Minister considering issues such as transport, which is one important factor that has been raised? Moreover, has the issue of school-age childcare been resolved, and are any discussions ongoing on that matter?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Sports Grounds: Safety (18 May 2009)

Naomi Long: 6. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what action his Department is taking to increase safety at sports stadiums.      (AQO 2756/09)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Culture, Arts and Leisure: Sports Grounds: Safety (18 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his answer. Does the Minister have any concept of the shortfall between the funding that is available and the amount of money that is needed to bring the grounds up to the required safety levels? Furthermore, can he give us a time frame or any indication of when we are likely to see some progress on the issue of the Football (Offences) Act 1991?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Childcare (26 May 2009)

Naomi Long: 1. asked the Minister of Education what action has been taken, to date, by her Department to clarify departmental responsibility for school-age childcare.  (AQO 2771/09)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Childcare (26 May 2009)

Naomi Long: I do not think that anyone would disagree with the importance that is put on childcare generally. However, the issue of school-age childcare is particular in that there has been a dispute rumbling between the Departments of Health and Education as to who is responsible. I am seeking an assurance that the Department of Education is proactively seeking a solution. As the Minister said, it is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office Of The First Minister And Deputy First Minister: Legislation (1 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: How does the deputy First Minister, as leader of the Executive, rate their performance given that three Ministers have complained about issues that they want addressed being held up in the Executive? Sammy Wilson, Caitríona Ruane and Michael McGimpsey have raised that issue in the Chamber in the past couple of weeks.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Road Safety: Finance (1 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: 6. asked the Minister of the Environment what impact the change to direct financing has had on road safety committees.       (AQO 2856/09)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Environment: Road Safety: Finance (1 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his answer. Is there a danger that road safety committees — I declare an interest, as I am a member of one — which are largely made up of enthusiastic volunteers, will simply be mowed down by the juggernaut that is central government bureaucracy when what they actually need is an arms-length funding body to deal with their queries?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: North/South Ministerial Council  Education Sectoral Format (8 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: The Minister mentioned children’s book week. Children who are blind or visually impaired not only cannot access literature for leisure purposes but still struggle to get books and texts in the right formats for learning. One suggestion was to create central repositories for those resources. Has the Minister had discussions in the North/South sectoral format about having those resources made...

Northern Ireland Assembly: regional development: Water Charges (8 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: As regards the delay in the introduction of domestic water charges and the subsequent reduction in budgets generally, is the Minister confident that there is enough money in his Department’s budget to allow for proper investment in infrastructure, particularly in water and sewerage, over the next number of years?

Northern Ireland Assembly: regional development: Traffic Calming (8 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: In many areas, although the priority for traffic calming is high, some residents — often a small number — object to such proposals. If those objections cannot be overcome, when would Roads Service decide to override them? In what circumstances would it decide to abandon the scheme? That is a contentious issue. 3.30 pm

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Decline in Bee Population (8 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: A number of Members made clear their country credentials. I come to the debate as a city slicker, and make no apologies for it. The honeybee population is hugely important for agriculture, the wider economy and, more importantly than we perhaps recognise, for the environment. It is easy for those of us who live in the city to become detached from the environment, and it is important that we...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Programme for Government (15 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: In recent weeks, a number of Ministers have indicated that some of the issues that they bring to the Executive in line with the Programme for Government are being held up there. Indeed, there is some frustration that some issues are not being brought to the Executive table from the First Minister’s office. In broad-brush terms, and using his own red/amber/green scales, how does the First...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office Of The First Minister And Deputy First Minister: Cohesion, Sharing and Integration Strategy (29 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: The line of questioning that has emerged from the attacks demonstrates how far we all have to travel, in the House and beyond, in our approach to such issues. I am happy to add my support to the deputy First Minister’s condemnation of the racist attacks. Often, Members who asked related questions in the House were told that it is a matter of supporting local communities, and I concur with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Racist and Sectarian Attacks (29 Jun 2009)

Naomi Long: I beg to move the following amendment: at end insert ‘; and calls on the Executive to publish immediately the draft Cohesion, Sharing and Integration Strategy.’ I thank the Members who tabled the motion for bringing it to the House for debate and for accepting our amendment. Given that the motion refers to what has happened over the past number of days and weeks in south Belfast, I will...


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