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When will the Freedom of Information Bill be introduced into the branches?

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That's the question posed by Juan Watterson in the Keys (01.02.11)

Here's the Chief Minister's written answer:

"Progress continues to be made in bringing forward a Freedom of Information Bill, for which Government remains committed to its introduction into the branches during the current legislative session. It is acknowledged that progress on the Bill has been slower than originally anticipated. I can confirm that the responses to the consultation exercise, some of which have been quite detailed, have been collated and work continues to consider the comments received, and to consider whether there should be changes made to the proposed legislation, for final consideration by the Council of Ministers prior to the Bill being introduced into the House".

We've been getting a similar message for the last 4 years Mr Brown!

Real commitment eh?

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 00:27
 

Senior Civil Servants - "the key people in all Government Departments"

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Yes Chief Minister

In January 2011, Tynwald received and approved (with amendments) the Report of the SELECT COMMITTEE OF TYNWALD ON THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM.

If all the amended recommendations are implemented they will have a significant effect on the scrutiny of Government. It is a major development which is wholeheartedly supported by PAG.

The essential remit of the Select Committee was to assess the benefits of establishing a system of standing committees relating to the work of Government departments including indentifying the related costs and staffing requirements.

In the Appendices at the end of the lengthy Report is a submission giving a revealing insight into the relationship of Senior Civil Servants with politicians.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 00:08
 

Words fail them

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Introducing a new feature in which we invite you to listen in and report back on the word games politicians and civil servants play.

First prize (up to now) in the mixed metaphor stakes of the current administration goes to an Onchan MHK (no, not THAT one) who warned not long after his election:

'We must be careful not to over-egg our favourite hobbyhorse.'

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 00:23
 

No Seasonal Cheer from/for M E A

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mea statement

The bitterly cold December weather will mean that most of us will see much more expensive energy bills dropping through our letterboxes in the next few weeks.

No doubt it will be a shock to many.

One PAG member decided to examine the cost of domestic energy prices in the IoM. 
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 January 2011 17:42
 

Poetry Corner

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The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we've started up a new section for poetry with a contribution from Jeff Garland. It can be accessed via 'Poetry' on the top menu or click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 13:38
 

Robert Quayle, Chair of IoMSPCo on Opinion 12 Dec 2010

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An interesting and very informative interview by Roger Watterson on Manx Radio's Opinion programme.

Available now from our audio gallery.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 December 2010 11:01
 

Planning Loophole!

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Loophole CartoonWhen Heritage Homes Limited was recently granted approval of two planning applications to remove conditions in a previous planning approval, so as to allow the sewage outfall from a stand-alone treatment works serving 43 houses being built in Peel to be connected to Peel’s main sewerage system, it wasn’t to be expected that the landowner, a company called Dunbrody Limited, would appeal the decisions.

However, this is what the landowner did and it did this the day after the notifications of the Planning Committee’s Decisions were issued.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 23:12
 

Tynwald Steam Packet debate 15/12/2010

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Mutiny!Chris Robertshaw MHK has provided us with a copy of the speech he made during the debate on David Cannan's proposal to have a select committee examine the viability of the Manx government placing the Steam Packet into public ownership.

After a 90 minute debate Tynwald voted 24-4 against. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:02
 


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