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Results 21–40 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: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for giving way. On that point, does the Minister agree with me that, if and when the Assembly is re-established, it would be wise for the Communities Committee to examine properly these regulations retrospectively because, if there are any issues with them, that risk could be mitigated at the earliest possible point?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way, and I apologise to Carál Ní Chuilín for not giving way to her earlier, which I ought to have done. Will the Member not agree with me that one of the reasons we are in the fix we are in today is because the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme, which is worth a billion pounds over 20 years, broke parity with Westminster without being properly budgeted...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: Before I make my remarks on the regulations before us, I want to make it clear that the only interest in our mind in coming to the issue is to ensure that, for those who are uncertain and are concerned by what they have seen in the media over the past number of days, with two Ministers who are in the same Government disputing each other's position on this and raising concerns in the minds of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: Well, Mr Speaker, you would have more authority in doing so had you done the same with your party colleague Paul Givan when I pointed that he had wandered somewhat further from the matter under discussion than I have on this occasion. I will point out, Mr Speaker, that my concern is about protecting the same vulnerable people whom we are here to protect — those in receipt of benefits and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: No, I will not give way. They have ramped up tensions on these issues over the last week on the air waves and have failed, in what they have said today, to create any more confidence. We will support the regulations. We do so with significant reservations, having not been in a position to scrutinise them properly, but we believe that it is the only way that we as a party can do our utmost to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: The Member just said that these regulations will ensure that people are protected. Is she conceding that what we were told via the media by her colleague Máirtín Ó Muilleoir that they were protected simply by dint of existing legislation is not correct?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: There is absolutely no question that that is where everyone in the Chamber is coming from, but this is a serious point. The Minister of Finance said there was no need for these regulations to be brought and that the flow of money would continue. That is an assurance that applies not only to these regulations but to a whole host of other moneys he has provided the same assurance about. Was...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (16 Jan 2017)

Naomi Long: I realise that the Minister mentioned that there is an election campaign, but he is speaking here as a Minister and not as a candidate. Would it be possible for him to return to the detail of the legislation rather than simply attacking his opponents?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker. Is it possible for you to give a ruling? The Minister for Communities is currently speaking as a Back-Bench DUP Member, but he has responsibility for public broadcasting in Northern Ireland and is making serious allegations against a public broadcaster: is that in order?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: The year 2016 has not been a good year in politics generally, and it has been a particularly bad year for these institutions. It has been marked by allegations of corruption, cronyism and incompetence; of cock-up and cover-up. It is clear that, despite all of the DUP's bluff and bluster in an attempt to distract the public, the core questions around the RHI scheme remain unanswered. Why...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Absolutely, I agree. That is why I said that she should do so without prejudice to the outcome. However, the First Minister initially blamed her officials, behind whom she is now seeking shelter. The DUP said that neither of their Ministers had any responsibility for these issues, and so it stood until Jonathan Bell broke ranks. Suddenly, the DUP was openly willing to say that the errors...


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