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Results 161–180 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'

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Mar 2015)

Naomi Long: I am sure that the Prime Minister will want to join me in congratulating Titanic Belfast, which this week beat competition from the London Eye and the Eiffel tower to become the best international group visitor attraction. Does he therefore share my frustration and anger that in the same week the much bigger prize of political stability and economic progress is being jeopardised by Sinn Fein...

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

Naomi Long: The hon. Gentleman has said on a number of occasions that, as a result of the Stormont House agreement, one obligation was to sign up to welfare reform. Does he not agree that, more correctly, what was agreed was that we had to come up with a package on welfare reform that we could pay for? As it happens, that package was parity with a little bit of flexibility—

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

Naomi Long: I do not wish to detain the House for very long. I merely want to put on record my thanks to the Government for the work they have done in bringing this Bill forward, and also to the Opposition for their support for the Bill. I welcome the progress in this matter, which we have debated many times in this House, and we also talked about it for a long time when I was in the Assembly. Those of...

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

Naomi Long: I am aware of the pressure to want to do that quickly, but it is also important that, as the Executive do that, the cost of it to the Northern Ireland economy is thoroughly assessed and we work out how we are going to pay for it in the interim. Otherwise, before we reap the benefits, we could leave a gap in our public finances that could create pressure, particularly from those that are...

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

Naomi Long: I am aware that the hon. Lady has long since advocated such a move, as have I. Unfortunately, the Treasury response has been that in some way reducing the VAT on leisure would encourage people to have a rather lackadaisical attitude to the workplace. In fact both inward and outward tourism generates a significant amount of money into our economy, so I think a future assessment would be valid....

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill: Clause 1 — Trading profits taxable at the Northern Ireland rate (4 Mar 2015)

Naomi Long: It is important to recognise—I think that the hon. Gentleman will agree—that the point of that exclusion was to prevent the kind of brass-plating whereby companies simply moved their headquarters to Northern Ireland without moving any economic activity or jobs. That is not the case with either credit unions or mutuals such as the Progressive, because they are based in Northern Ireland and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Feb 2015)

Naomi Long: It costs 40% more to train a teacher in Northern Ireland than in England. Does the Prime Minister share my concern that, despite commitments to tackle the costs of division in the Stormont House agreement, other parties have blocked Alliance attempts to desegregate teacher training in a way that would save money? Does that suggest to him, as it does to me, that their commitments to a shared...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Child Sexual Abuse (Independent Panel Inquiry) (4 Feb 2015)

Naomi Long: I welcome the statement and hope it represents a fresh start for victims, whose confidence has been badly shaken in recent months. In particular, I welcome the reassurances given on the Official Secrets Act and the Secretary of State’s letter confirming that those reassurances will also apply to people giving evidence to the Hart inquiry. She is aware of my concerns about Kincora and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Sustainable Development Goals (4 Feb 2015)

Naomi Long: What steps she is taking to ensure that the UK plays a leading role in preparations to set new UN development goals in September 2015.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Sustainable Development Goals (4 Feb 2015)

Naomi Long: The Secretary of State has already indicated the complexity of the goals under discussion. What steps are being taken to ensure effective integration of the different goals, particularly the proposed target on under-fives mortality and those on water, sanitation and hygiene, given that most diarrhoeal diseases result from a lack of investment in that sector?

Psni (28 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: The hon. Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper) referred to the attack on PSNI headquarters in my constituency. In addition to being under threat when in uniform and on duty, officers are often under threat in their own homes. The PSNI needs resources to be able to provide adequate security measures at officers’ homes if it is to retain officers who have been trained. What can the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to be able to speak in support of the Bill. Much has already been said and I do not want to repeat the points that have been made; rather, I want to set out the reasons why I believe the Bill will be good for Northern Ireland. I also want to sound a note of caution on those issues to which we will need to give some thought here in Westminster and in the Assembly, in order to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: And you would never have done that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: I agree that public finances will continue to be under pressure and that therefore we need to grow the private sector to counterbalance that. Does the hon. Gentleman agree, however, that Northern Ireland’s reliance on the public sector is even worse than the Secretary of State mentioned, because many of the privately owned companies are almost entirely reliant on Government contracts? It is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: I take on board the issue raised by the hon. Member for Amber Valley (Nigel Mills). Does the right hon. Lady agree with me, though, that Northern Ireland would want to avoid corporation tax devolution and any subsequent reduction by the Assembly leading merely to brass-plating of companies in Northern Ireland? For us to benefit from the economic out-turn of investment, we need people who are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: On-the-Runs Scheme (27 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: The PSNI has already confirmed that Operation Red Field will take at least three years, so I am glad the Secretary of State is looking directly at how she can assist with the funding. This was a Northern Ireland Office scheme, not a devolved scheme, and so the review should not come from the Northern Ireland budget. Is she in a position to shed any light on the allegations that have been made...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Stormont House Agreement (7 Jan 2015)

Naomi Long: I pay tribute to the Secretary of State and her team and to the Irish and American Governments, who were involved in the talks over a protracted period. On many of these issues, the Stormont House agreement provides a road map for Northern Ireland, particularly around finances, but much deeper reform is needed than simply filling the holes. I also believe in dealing with the past. However, on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Ireland (All-party Talks) (15 Dec 2014)

Naomi Long: I pay tribute to the Secretary of State, the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach for the work they did, and not just over recent weeks but in the run-up and on Thursday and Friday. Does she agree that there is a distinct difference between all parties recognising that an agreement is necessary and all parties having the will to deliver it? Does she agree that all parties recognised the need for...

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Naomi Long: I am pleased to be here to support the Bill on Third Reading. I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Michael Moore) for bringing this important Bill to the House. It will have a huge impact in the developing world by saving lives, supporting families and encouraging increasing independence. By demonstrating that we are making a commitment on which we...

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

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