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Results 1–20 of 1100 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: Secretary of State Motion: Spending Review and Priorities (7 Jul 2006)

Naomi Long: Does Mr Robinson agree that there is a conflict in the Minister’s messages on this issue? He has referred to the debacle of previous SEELB over­spends. Board members have all been instructed to scrutinise rigorously all proposals from officers, yet yesterday the instruction was simply to rubber-stamp those proposals. Therefore, there is a complete conflict in the messages from the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on Law and Order Issues (19 Sep 2006)

Naomi Long: Madam Speaker, I hope that you have not given me too much of a build-up, for I fear that I may not live up to it. I want to associate myself with the comments made by my fellow members of the Committee on the Preparation for Government. I especially thank the Deputy Speakers, Mr Wells and Mr Molloy, who chaired and managed our discussions so effectively over the summer. I also thank the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Review of Public Administration (5 Dec 2006)

Naomi Long: Is the Member suggesting that council boundaries should be gerrymandered in order to achieve certain electoral outcomes, rather than being divided in terms of good administration?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (11 Dec 2006)

Naomi Long: Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are important and fundamental freedoms, and I am sure that all Members want to see them protected. The right to express my faith and beliefs openly and honestly in a temperate fashion is one that I value immensely and want to see defended for all people. However, those are not the only freedoms and protections that are important in society. Those of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (11 Dec 2006)

Naomi Long: No, I will not give way at this point. I have discussed these issues with people who have lobbied strongly to find protections for those with Christian principles. It is my understanding that there is not an issue with regard to bed-and-breakfast accommodation, homes for the elderly, and so forth. The legislation does not preclude Christian owners of guest houses or old people’s homes from...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Mr Robinson has reminded me that, when I made my contribution, I failed to declare any interests. I am a member of the Belfast Education and Library Board and of the board of governors of Sydenham Infants’ School. I apologise for my oversight.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: I welcome the opportunity to discuss the report of the Independent Strategic Review of Education. However, I share Sammy Wilson’s view that, in its current form, the motion is pointless. Mr McNarry voiced his disgust that the Assembly is often not listened to. Mr Bradley reinforced that, and said that this report was one of the greatest challenges facing education. It is therefore bizarre...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: No, thank you. It is important to act on the report. I have called consistently for a coherent and strategic approach to the education problems that face society. I have criticised the current Minister for taking decisions based purely on financial considerations in a strategic vacuum. Such decisions could prejudice the viability of future education strategy and provision. At present, school...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: That is the case. However, if there is a proper strategy for review of education provision, decisions can be taken on the basis of information more substantive than end-of-year deficits. Decisions should be taken on the basis of quality of provision and access to good-quality education. Those should be the drivers that determine where schools should be located and how they should be managed....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: No, I will not give way. The figures highlighted by Mr McNarry simply indicate the depth of the current crisis for schools provision. The figures do not suggest a solution, and neither does Mr McNarry. We may not agree that a purely numbers-based formula is an appropriate way to determine the outcomes for schools. However, in fairness, neither does the Bain Report. Its list of recommendations...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: No, I will not give way. Mr McNarry had adequate time to put his case when he moved the motion. I want to put my case.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: The Bain Report (22 Jan 2007)

Naomi Long: The figures that have been highlighted simply point to the depth of the crisis that must be addressed. We must establish a bottom line for any future review. At the moment, end-of-year deficits are driving the education boards and the Department of Education; we must have a more structured method. A numbers-only method is not appropriate either; that is referred to in the report, which...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Appointment Of Chairpersons And Deputy Chairpersons Of Statutory Committees (9 May 2007)

Naomi Long: I am willing to take up the office for which I have been nominated. Mrs Naomi Long appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Committee of the Centre.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Women in Politics (14 May 2007)

Naomi Long: It is a sad state of affairs when the only maidens on the Ulster Unionist Benches are their maiden speakers. That is something that the party should consider — that we have better representation.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Women in Politics (14 May 2007)

Naomi Long: I shall decline that kind invitation. [Laughter.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Women in Politics (14 May 2007)

Naomi Long: The Ulster Unionist Party tends to shed, rather than gain, Members during any Assembly term. If any of that party’s members would like to come in our direction and join a party with better representation, we would certainly welcome them. Democracy is best served when the elected cohort reflects wider society. I do not believe that the current cohort does that in respect of gender...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing Crisis (21 May 2007)

Naomi Long: I beg to move the following amendment: After “projects” insert “, to consider increasing the put-back rate on existing redevelopment areas,” First of all, I want to thank the Member for Strangford Mr Shannon for raising this today, because it is a very serious issue for all of our constituents. Whether they are rural or urban, young or old, constituents will suffer from the shortage...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing Crisis (21 May 2007)

Naomi Long: I agree absolutely, and I shall addresss that issue shortly. I want, briefly, to highlight three effects of the current trend. The first is clear: a reduction in the amount of social and affordable housing in those neighbourhoods and its impact. Secondly, there has been a negative impact on local communities as regards access to services, schools, churches and so on. Other Members have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Affordable Housing Crisis (21 May 2007)

Naomi Long: Will the Member give way?


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