Question Time: Justice – Monday 23 March 2021

Justice Minister Naomi Long answers Members questions on 23 March 2021. Read the Official Report (Hansard) –

Each of the questions answered have been chaptered in the video to help you find them more easily.

Chapters / Questions

00:00 – Bangor Alternatives: Funding

1. Mr Easton asked the Minister of Justice why her Department has chosen to cut funding for Bangor Alternatives. (AQO 1805/17-22)

07:55 – Paramilitary Activity and Crime: East Antrim

2. Mr Dickson asked the Minister of Justice for an update on tackling paramilitary activity and crime in East Antrim. (AQO 1806/17-22)

18:08 – Illegal Moneylending

3. Mr Beggs asked the Minister of Justice for her assessment of the level of illegal moneylending. (AQO 1807/17-22)

26:58 Prison Service: Demographic Composition

4. Ms Sheerin asked the Minister of Justice for her assessment of the demographic composition of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) workforce. (AQO 1808/17-22)

Topical Questions

32:32 – John Mitchel Place Health Centre: On-street Protests

T1. Ms Kimmins asked the Minister of Justice to outline what measures are place to ensure that women are not intimidated or deterred from accessing vital health services due to protests outside the clinic at the John Mitchel Place Health Centre in Newry. (AQT 1151/17-22)

35:32 – Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

T2. Mr Boylan asked the Minister of Justice whether she will commit to introducing a violence against women and girls strategy. (AQT 1152/17-22)

39:49 – Justice: NDNA Commitments

T3. Mr Clarke asked the Minister of Justice what her Department is doing to progress the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) commitments that fall within its remit, given that, in the past few days, much focus has been on NDNA, with some Members particularly focused on their own pet projects, and, for him, much focus on not achieving the aim of 7,500 new PSNI officers, which is a commitment in ‘NDNA’ and in a previous agreement as far back as 1998, which promised 2,500 Reserve officers. (AQT 1153/17-22)

44:42 – Court Recovery

T4. Ms P Bradley asked the Minister of Justice, given that, over the past year, owing to COVID restrictions, some court dates have slipped, to outline a timeline for family court proceedings and to clarify for the many people who require those courts whether their schedule is almost back to normal. (AQT 1154/17-22)