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Election of Chief Minister Bill thrown out

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The Clauses Stage of this Bill, which would enable the public to elect a Chief Minister at the next General election in September 2011, didn't survive the first Clause at the House of Keys 26.10.10. Only 8 MHKs voted for it, with 13 against. This is a bitter blow for the development of Manx democracy and will mean that voters will not be able to choose who will determine government policy in the 5 years 2011 to 2016. Once again voters will be confined to voting only for their constituency politicians rather than having a say, however indirect, in national policies.

Voting was as follows:

For (8) Against (13)
The Speaker (Rodan)  
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2011 17:01

Meeting on Government Dentistry Service 1st November 2010

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P A G Public Meeting

"Improving our NHS Dental Service"


a presentation by Colin Partington BDS,

former chair of the Isle of Man dental association

7.30 p.m. Monday 1st November 2010

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 13:03

European Union (Amendment) Bill - a P A G member responds

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PAG member Tristram Llewellyn-Jones's response to this consultation is attached.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:28

IRIS spending lambasted

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To get up to speed as a new member, Chris Robertshaw decided to look at how government capital projects are managed. To this end he chose the IRIS Project and studied the recent 'Peel options', because, in his words "it is obviously an extremely significant capital project with a history - it’s ongoing today  - and it will stretch out before us into the future in one form or another for some time to come". 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:59

Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2009

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The Home Affairs Department received 81 responses to their consultation on the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2009.

A few provisions have been removed but the vast majority of the draft Bill (which contains 78 Clauses) is unchanged. Significantly - in over 30 cases - the Home Affairs Department is seeking 'by Order' to self-amend the legislation.

This gives them wide powers to create new offences as and when they please without parliamentary scrutiny. Given that the Isle of Man Constabulary has a presence in that Department there is concern that should the Bill become law,  the Police will have an undue influence in the direct formation of this self-amending legislation. Thus the protection afforded the citizen by the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government is breached.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2010 12:27

New Depositors Compensation Scheme

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The new scheme details are available here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 23:30

Government Report 2010

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The government have recently produced the attached annual report on the Government Strategic Plan 2007-2011. Take a read through and if you wish, comment below.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 07:59

Parliamentary windows fly open!

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Tynwald BadgeFrom now on visitors to the Tynwald website will not just be able to see the Tynwald Order Paper in advance of the sitting but will also be able to click through to all the documents which support each item on the Order Paper.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2010 12:26

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