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Results 1–20 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: Office of the First Minister and deputy first minister: Rapid Response Capacity (12 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: Given the urgency of the situation and the speed with which things are moving, have the First Minister and the deputy First Minister had time to consider the issues raised in correspondence with them about this matter last week? Will they be able to consider those issues before tomorrow’s debate?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Penny Product (12 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: First, I also declare an interest as a member of Belfast City Council, because I do not want to break the cycle of council members declaring an interest when speaking in this debate. I thank Paul Maskey and his colleagues for tabling the motion and for accepting the Alliance Party’s amendment. Despite the discomfort that our amendment obviously cost Paul Maskey, he conceded that it had...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Penny Product (12 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for his intervention. It is true to say that the problems with LPS were largely inherited. However, it is also fair to say that, since devolution, there has been no real improvement in the way in which that body has functioned. In fact, many people would contend that the situation has actually worsened. The Minister conceded that the main improvement was council driven, and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I will specifically address the issue of accelerated passage, and, despite evidence to the contrary, I do not want to repeat myself. If accelerated passage is granted, I will discuss the detail of the Bill during its Second Stage. The Alliance Party sees a principled difference between accelerated passage being necessary for clause 1 and clause 2 of the Bill. I welcome the fact that the First...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: The deputy First Minister reflected on his time as a member of the Executive when Sinn Féin was one of the smaller parties and other parties were in charge, and I wish to comment on that point. When they appeared before the Committee, the First Minister and the junior Ministers stressed that the ministerial code, as contained in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and amended at St Andrews,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Accelerated Passage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I appreciate that the deputy First Minister has given away to many Members, so I thank him for giving away to me also. With due respect, the benefit of hindsight does not apply, because during the summer, it was noted that there was a lack of legislative cover to allow for fuel payments. At that point, the Department for Social Development produced draft legislation. As I mentioned earlier,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I thought that that was you.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: Does the Member agree that it would be helpful were OFMDFM to position itself to respond to —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: The Member’s point about tackling patterns of social and economic deprivation is important, because the inquiry into child poverty that the OFMDFM Committee undertook resulted in recommendations on two fronts: first, on how to tackle child poverty; and, secondly, on the departmental levers that are available to ensure policy delivery from OFMDFM. Does the Member agree that it would have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: Word of my impending speech must have permeated the corridors; hence there is a low turnout. I speak as deputy leader of the Alliance Party, which has endeavoured, over the past several years, to provide constructive opposition in the House. Mr Kennedy, in labelling the Alliance Party the “Government’s nuisance factor”, demonstrated that he does not appreciate that concept or recognise...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: What the Executive cannot do at the moment is intervene directly with financial assistance — and that is the purpose of this legislation. That is not in their gift; otherwise we would not be having this debate. The Executive would be able to make such direct financial assistance without regard to the relevant Ministers.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: That is precisely the point that I will come to; however, I want to stick with clause 1 for the moment.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: My understanding of the legislation is that it is in the gift of any Minister to vote against a proposal in the Executive without breaching the ministerial code, but that it is not in his or her gift to frustrate the delivery of an Executive decision once that decision has been taken. That is my understanding of the matter, but I am not in the Executive so that is irrelevant. However, I seem...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way. That is precisely the point that my party colleagues and I made. The provisions to deal with exceptional circumstances are contained in clause 1 of the Bill. One could choose to intervene routinely under the provisions of clause 2; the two clauses are clearly distinct.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Second Stage (13 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: Does the Member agree that it would be helpful to get clarification about whether the funding to facilitate the packages has to be, as is anticipated for the first use, from a special pot of surrendered money, or whether the powers could be used to direct spending within departmental budgets in future?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (20 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: During last week’s debate, when Members knew that I was to speak immediately after the lunch break, few of them appeared in the Chamber. I notice that I have had the same effect this week. In future, the Chamber could be kept quiet if Members have advance warning of when I am to speak. Given the content of this morning’s session, I want to reiterate that I do not dispute that the Office...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (20 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I will in a moment. I am talking about whether Members are confident that anyone who may hold those posts, in all circumstances, will not seek to abuse the power given to them — for ever is a very long time.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (20 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: I could go further than simply agreeing that that is a possibility; I could quote chapter and verse of when it has happened. However, that would fall outside the remit of this debate, and I suspect that the Deputy Speaker would call me to order, so I will not go any further. None of the proposed amendments, from any of the parties, will delay the interventions that are intended by the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (20 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: The Member has been at the OFMDFM Committee sessions at which the matter has been discussed. Will he concede that the definition of “exceptional” does not cover the circumstances that he has outlined, but those circumstances that OFMDFM agrees to be so?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Consideration Stage (20 Jan 2009)

Naomi Long: Will the Member give way?


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