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Bell's Obesity Outburst

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bellIn late August, perhaps to divert attention from criticism of Noble's Hospital and the letter of no confidence in the Health Minister (signed by 10 MHKs), Chief Minister Bell went on a divergent tirade about obese IOM schoolchildren.

Inexplicably he linked his outburst to elderly people placing pressure on health services and that parents of overweight children may be guilty of neglect or even child abuse.

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10 months of Parliamentary Questions

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There was a minor rumpus in the final (July) Tynwald - a number of oral questions tabled by MHKs were not able to be answered, because there was not enough time.

Some Ministers were also discontent because blocks of questions were being asked of them. Treasury Minister Teare was one such complainant.

As a result  Speaker Rodan requested the Tynwald Standing Orders Committee to examine the rules and practice relating to oral and written questions.

PAG decided to analyse the question time sessions for the parliamentary year (October 2012 to July 2013)

1. How many questions were submitted and of which type?
2. Which MHKs did the asking?
 

Adult services - Fair Access and Charging

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This thought-provoking consultation document is well worth a look. Existing services are not always well co-ordinated and on occasion access requirements can be tricky to determine.

Of course, you and yours may not be in need at present, but who knows what the future holds?

 

Public Broadcasting consultation

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Following our meeting this month, tomorrow marks the deadline for your comments on the future of Manx public broadcasting services. 

Should Tynwald have a commitment to public service broadcasting?

Should Manx Radio remain the Island’s national broadcaster?

The committee on public broadcasting is made up of chairman Richard Ronan MHK, Onchan MHK Zac Hall and Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan. It was set up in December in the wake of a Treasury report into the public broadcasting subvention which was carried out in July 2012. They will look at the policy, delivery, cost and scope of public service broadcasting before reporting back to Tynwald.

Raise your concerns in writing to:

Committee Secretariat

Legislative Buildings
Finch Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 685500
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The perennial excuse - 'commercial confidentiality'

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Did the Speaker Rodan eventually get an answer  to his October Tynwald written question 16 to which we referred in our FOI piece 17.10.12?

 

Well yes and no! The Chief Minister replied 3 weeks later, thus finally completing a long list of consultant appointments

 

Rodan's original question in January asked for detailed information including the total cost of each government consultancy contract.

 

In the latest answer two posts stand out - Director of European Affairs (Chief Secretary's Office) and Financial Services Advisor (DED). Each is a 3 year appointment, but no details of fees are given because of the perennial excuse of 'commercial confidentiality'.

 


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