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Results 161–180 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: Exploitation of Migrant Labour and Human Trafficking (5 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: I thank Dolores Kelly for bringing two very important issues to the Assembly. They are separate issues, but they have a common thread. In both the exploitation of migrant labour and the growth of human trafficking, we are dealing with the abuse of human rights and dignity. I also thank her for accepting the Alliance Party’s amendment, which seeks only to stress the positive aspects of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Review of the Construction Industry (25 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: I do not think that I need to declare an interest in this issue because I am no longer a practising civil engineer. However, from my time as a civil engineer, I have experience of CITB, through being trained by the organisation and working with other members of staff who were also trained by it. Although I do not have any particular problem with the wording of the motion, I am slightly...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Review of the Construction Industry (25 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: I cannot give way; I am very short of time. The promotion of careers in the construction industry is also an issue. The industry is diverse, and it is difficult for people to get hands-on work experience, because of site conditions and health-and-safety requirements, in order to decide which area of the industry appeals to them. CITB has brought people onto controlled sites so that they can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Review of the Construction Industry (25 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: The Alliance Party has no problem with the motion, but I am slightly concerned about the tone of the debate.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Review of the Construction Industry (25 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: Does the Minister accept that workforce mobility and the difficulty in making employers aware of the benefit to their businesses of investing large sums of money in training an individual who may quickly move on from the company, make the construction industry unique?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Post-Primary Transfer (25 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way; I realise that she has done so a couple of times already. Is the issue under discussion today clearly not quite different? It is not simply a case of the same Members complaining again and again. Some of those who agree with the direction in which the Minister is headed — including those in my own party — are extremely concerned about how we can reach...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Post-Primary Transfer (25 Feb 2008)

Naomi Long: Does the Member agree that reaching consensus on a transfer at age 14 is one thing, but that reaching consensus on what will actually be done at that age is entirely different?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Rates (Regional Rates) Order  (Northern Ireland) 2008 (3 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I welcome a couple of things in what the Finance Minister said. He said that this was about setting out a new approach to the regional rate so as to avoid the massive increases that we have had in the last number of years, and to ensure that the public sector delivers. I do not believe that there is an elected representative in this Chamber who would wish that we did otherwise. However, he...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Rates (Regional Rates) Order  (Northern Ireland) 2008 (3 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: The Minister has drawn a parallel between his budgetary approaches for Castlereagh Borough Council and Northern Ireland. Will he concede that the difference is that, unlike in Castlereagh, where people can hop on a bus and go to Belfast to use the services that are provided there, people in Northern Ireland will not have the option to go elsewhere when times become difficult and service...

Northern Ireland Assembly: office of the first minister and deputy first minister: Commissioner for Victims and Survivors (3 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: In the same vein as the previous question, will the First Minister tell the House what planned working relationships within the commission for victims and survivors are envisaged by his Department? Will he give the House some indication about the status of the current victims’ commissioners designate, who been appointed but who do not have a legislative framework in which to work? What...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Post-Primary Transfer (4 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I have a couple of questions for the Minister. However, I will first stress the importance of the Transferor Representatives’ Council. It is important that the transferors are not under-represented as a result of the fact that a range of interests are represented on the education and library boards. That means that there is no guarantee that those who will be selected will reflect the views...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Post-Primary Transfer (4 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On a previous occasion in the Chamber, one of my colleagues was corrected for making reference to the Public Gallery. On a number of occasions during numerous interventions this morning — not just in this debate, but in previous debates — references were made to the Public Gallery. Is it not correct that we should not be referring to the Public Gallery, or...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Youth Services Budget (4 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I am surprised to hear the Member speak about Irish-medium education in the way that she has done. Does she not agree that her own party signed up to a Programme for Government that said that it would promote a flourishing Irish-medium education system?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Youth Services Budget (4 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I declare an interest as a member of the steering panel of the East Belfast Area Youth Project, as an adult and unit guider with Girlguiding UK, and as a member of Belfast City Council because I believe that the issue being discussed has an impact on all three areas. I welcome the motion although I am surprised by its source. The Member for East Antrim Sammy Wilson is always, to say the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Youth Services Budget (4 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I agree that it is perhaps the only short-term solution, but I do not believe that it is a solution to the long-term problem of funding the Youth Service. Several Members said that the Youth Service is regarded as a Cinderella service; however, we must get away from that perception so that we appreciate the service’s long-term value. Ring-fencing funds for young people, whether in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Youth Services Budget (4 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: Some may welcome the situation in which the Member would be unable to open his mouth on any subject for the rest of the year. However, that aside; did he not make the point about me finding fault where there was “no fault”. When one makes statements such as that, one can expect to be called to account later on. The Member made the outrageous statement in the first place.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Eames/Bradley Consultative Group  on the Past (10 Mar 2008)

Naomi Long: I do not wish to reiterate everything that Dr Farry said about the Alliance Party’s position on dealing with the past and its legacy. However, it must be recognised that that is probably the most important and sensitive challenge that faces our society. The issue goes beyond the victims and those directly affected by violence, although they comprise an important group. Those who have been...

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

Naomi Long: I oppose the motion seeking accelerated passage for the legislation. I recognise that the subject is emotive and sensitive, particularly given that four individuals have been put in an impossible situation because the House was not given the opportunity to discuss the concept of a commission before their names were made known publicly. That has hampered much of the discussion about the pros...


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