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Results 181–200 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'

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Naomi Long: I will be brief. Welfare reform has a massive impact on Northern Ireland, yet the devolved powers that we have are technical only, and we cannot deviate from parity and still be able to afford it. So will he not accept that there is an issue?

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Naomi Long: I remind the hon. Lady that Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom, in case we are in any doubt. Does she agree that a similar approach should be taken when reserved and excepted matters for Northern Ireland that affect only Northern Ireland are voted on in this place? On those occasions, where Northern Ireland Members have agreed on a certain course of action we are often...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-Party Talks (29 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: What lessons have been learnt from the previous talks processes, and what outcomes she expects from the current round of talks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-Party Talks (29 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: The lack of serious political engagement in the current round of talks, which is characterised by the fact that parties are still squabbling over whether or not they are attending the talks, does not bode well for the future. Meanwhile, in my constituency, a young man has been hospitalised with head injuries, police officers have been injured, and pensioners have been terrified in their own...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Minorities (Algeria) (28 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: What recent representations he has made to the Algerian Government on ensuring that Christians and other religious minorities are protected from persecution and discrimination.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Minorities (Algeria) (28 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his answer, although I am disappointed that religious persecution has not been raised with the Algerian Government. What advice is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office giving to colleagues in the immigration service to ensure that they are fully equipped to offer good advice and support to people from Algeria and north Africa more generally who apply for asylum on the...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I accept much of what the hon. Gentleman says. However, does he agree that MPs from the larger parties have a degree of protection in that they can afford to continue to fight against recall petitions and elections, and that if MPs from minor parties, who have limited resources, are constantly put under the pressure of recall, they would be eliminated not for any wrongdoing, but simply...

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I appreciate the Minister’s point about the powers of compulsion, but it is for the Home Office to set the terms of the national inquiry, so the powers of compulsion could be given and put on a statutory footing. Secondly, Sir Anthony Hart’s powers of compulsion, as stated clearly in his letter and reiterated in his comments today, only extend to those matters which are transferred, not...

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for giving way; he is being extremely generous. On the question of what information and papers may be held, will that also extend to looking at notices of destruction for some files for that period, to find out whether there was a pattern of destroying some of the information that is critical in this case?

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: One witness has stated that he was aware of boys being brought from different children’s homes to be abused in Kincora, including from Bawnmore Road children’s home, which lies on the outskirts of south Belfast. A recent BBC “Spotlight” programme elaborated on these allegations, with a former resident of Kincora and victim of abuse stating that they also were taken to local hotels...

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his helpful intervention. Regardless of the Secretary of State’s statement yesterday, Sir Anthony is still entirely reliant on the voluntary co-operation of Whitehall Departments and MI5, which is simply not good enough given their record on this matter. Even the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in yesterday’s statement, did not promise full...

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I totally concur. The hon. Gentleman is entirely right that the task requires not simply words of co-operation, but practical assistance and prioritisation at the UK level. I shall explain why. The child abuse that has recently come to light in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford, to name but a few, are national scandals; so, too, is Kincora. The fact that Kincora was located in Northern Ireland...

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I believe the investigation should have statutory powers and should be able to compel witnesses. Those who were affected by the abuse, who believe that their abuse was covered up, require something slightly more than promises of co-operation, particularly when it was the state and people in these institutions who failed them originally. The gravity of the allegations mean that nothing less...

Petition — Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital (Kingswood): Historic Child Abuse Allegations (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to be able to bring the matter of Kincora, and in particular its relevance to the child sex abuse inquiry, to the House. There have been many shocking and sordid episodes throughout the history of the troubles, but the allegation of sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable young people by those in positions of power, and the failure to ensure such allegations were properly...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Military Covenant (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: One key point that we noticed in the Select Committee investigation was that there are regional variations because of devolution, and we need to look at them separately from those that result from the implementation or otherwise of the covenant. In some cases, military personnel are better off because of the devolution settlement than is the case for people in other regions of the UK.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Military Covenant (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: One other conclusion that we reached flies in the face of the point made by the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) about section 75. We concluded not that the equality framework had created a barrier to the implementation of the covenant in Northern Ireland, but that the problem was the awareness of Departments, so the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland has undertaken to better...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Military Covenant (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: Will the right hon. Gentleman also take the opportunity to acknowledge the work that my colleague, Stephen Farry, has been doing on access to third level education for those leaving the armed services? That is also a very important part of people being able to access the employment market after they have left the armed forces and being able to participate fully in society.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: National Crime Agency (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: National Crime Agency (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: More than that, the Chief Constable will be accountable for those operations in a way that would not have been the case previously; if people wish to query decisions that have been made, he can be held to account by the Policing Board.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: National Crime Agency (22 Oct 2014)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for South Down (Ms Ritchie), but I hope to correct some of the things that she said in her speech. Real difficulties are being faced by law enforcement agencies because of the ongoing situation with the National Crime Agency. Northern Ireland may be the locus of the problem, but the difficulties that we face affect crime right across the UK and indeed...


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