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COMMITTE 29th JANUARY 2014 SOCIAL AFFAIRS POLICY REVIEW

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HOUSE OF KEYS 28TH JANUARY 2014 LISTINGS FOR AUDIO

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QUESTIONS: 

 

 

 The Hon member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) -

If he will make a statement on the effects of the closure of Britannia International in the Isle of Man, and on any steps being taken to mitigate any negative outcomes of this announcement?

 

 

 2. The Hon member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) -

If he will make a statement on the recently published report of the House of Commons Justice Committee on the implementation by the Ministry of Justice of recommendations made by the Committee in 2010 about the relationship between the UK and the Crown Dependencies?

 

 

 3. The Hon member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) -

To what extent former politicians and senior civil servants can benefit from knowledge acquired inside Government by taking up directorships of companies; what his view is of this practice; and if he would support legislation to stop it?

 

 

4. The Hon. Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture (Mr Gawne) –

If he is willing to convene a working group to proactively seek solutions to coastal erosion around Kirk Michael?

 

 

5. The Hon. Member for Middle (Mr Quayle) to ask the Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture (Mr Gwane) –

If he will make a statement regarding the proposed actions to be taken by his Department to clear plantations on the Island as a result of the disease Phytophthora Ramorum (Larch Tree Disease) ? 

 

6. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Cretney) –

If he will make a statement on (a) Douglas town centre parking policy development options and (b) the recommendations in the recently published study and consultancy report?

 

 

7. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure ( Mr Cretney) –

Why a tidal flow survey for dispersion of sewage is to be conducted at the edge of Peel harbour when the feasibility study for a sewage works to serve Peel has not yet been produced; and why no tidal survey for sewage dispersion is being carried out at Traie Cabbag "Knockaloe" when the Water and Sewerage Authority has declared that Knockaloe is being evaluated as a location for the sewage works to serve Peel?

 

 

8. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Quirk) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Cretney) –

Whether the Ellan Vannin Line has presented the Government with an ultimatum, and if so, what the terms of the ultimatum are?

 

 

9. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Quirk) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Cretney) –

If he will make a statement on the new Eastern Area Plan; and if he will give an update on the review of the all-Island strategic plan?

 

 

10. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Cretney) –

Of the total gross expenditure in 2012/13 of local government bodies what percentage was represented by Douglas Corporation?

 

 

 

 

Suspension of standing Orders to complete questions for oral answer

 

 

11. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Education and Children (Mr Crookall) –

How the need for a post of Director of Education was reviewed? 

 

 

12. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Minister for Education and Children (Mr Crookall)–

How many new laptops have been issued to pupils and teachers recently; what the cost is of the replacement programme; and whether the old laptops will be made available to charitable causes?

 

 

13. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Robertshaw) –

What approach is currently adopted to the inspection of child day care facilities, and what plans there are to modify this approach?

 

 

14. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Robertshaw) –

How training and education are currently provided for social care professionals, and what development is envisaged for this provision?

 

 

15. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Robertshaw) –

Why his Department has requested all beneficiaries in receipt of child benefit to complete a re-claim form?

 

 

16. The Hon. Member for Castletown (Mr Ronan) to ask the Vice-Chairman of the Public Sector Pensions Authority (Mr Cannan)  –

Why redundancy payments to individuals employed by the private sector in the Isle of Man are governed by the Redundancy Payments Act 1990 and the Employment Act 2006, both enacted by Tynwald, and yet those employed by the public sector are not?

 

 

17. The Hon. Member for Castletown (Mr Ronan) to ask the Vice-Chairman of the Public Sector Pensions Authority (Mr Cannan) –

What the justification is for a public sector worker receiving four times the redundancy pay of a private sector worker who has worked the same length of time for their employer?

 

 

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 28TH JANUARY 2014 LISTINGS FOR AUDIO

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TYNWALD COURT 21ST JANUARY 2014 LISTINGS FOR AUDIO

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1. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) 

If he will make a statement on the current situation with Flybe; what plans he has to cope with the air route cuts announced by this carrier, especially in relation to support for businesses which are dependent on these routes; and whether Flybe intends to break fully all its links with the Island?

 

2.The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)

With which airlines Government officials have been negotiating about reinstatement of routes; and which Department has been taking the lead on this and on opening up any new business opportunities with other air carriers?

 

3. The Hon. Member for Middle (Mr Quayle) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)

Why he felt it necessary to reform the public sector pensions working group?

 

4. The Hon. Member for Middle (Mr Quayle) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)

What terms of reference have been given to the public sector pensions working group and who sits on it?

 

            Q4. Public Sector Pensions Working Group - Members and terms of reference

 

 

5. The Hon. Member for Castletown (Mr Ronan) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)

 What his view is on the use of reserves in extreme emergencies?

 

6. The Hon. Member for Castletown (Mr Ronan) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)

 If he believes there should be a consistent national approach to protecting the Island’s sea defences?

 

7. The Hon. Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)

 If he will make a statement on the progress of the scope of Government work being undertaken by Departments?

 

8.The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare)

 If he will make a statement on the recent downgrade by Moodys of Government Bonds from AAA to AA1 status; and what effect this may have on the Island?

           Q8. Downgrading of Government Bonds by Moody's - Effect on Island

 

 

9. The Hon. Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Cretney) -

 What plans are in place to secure additional manpower to assist Department of Infrastructure workers during severe weather conditions?

 

 

10. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Cretney)

 Why his Department has concluded that a five per cent rent rise for public sector housing is necessary?

 

             Q10. Public sector housing - five per cent rent rise

 

11. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Robertshaw)

  Whether he intends to raise public sector housing rent to be closer to the rent for private sector accommodation?

 

 

12. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Robertshaw)

 Whether under the new legislation landlords will be obliged to maintain residential property to standards which would be acceptable to Members of Tynwald if those Members themselves were the tenants?

 

 

13. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Minister for Social Care (Mr Robertshaw)

 Whether his Department’s working practices are sufficiently robust to ensure it meets the legal requirement to safeguard and promote the welfare and general health of looked after children and ensure that they do not smoke, consume alcohol or engage in sexual activity while in its care?

 

 

14. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask HM Acting Attorney General (Mr Quinn)

 Whether current legislation was complied with regarding the assistance given to the Sefton Group in respect of -

 

(a) the loan given in 2012;

 

(b) the loan given in 2013; and

 

(c) the purchase and subsequent lease back of the Middlemarch site?

 

 

15. The Hon. Member for Castletown (Mr Ronan) to ask the Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure (Mr Cregeen)

 Whether he anticipates a bus strike in the near future?

 

 

16. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Minister for Economic Development (Mr Shimmin)

 What arrangements are in place to prevent an employer obtaining a work permit for an EU resident when there is a Manx resident capable of filling that position?

 

 

17. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for Education and Children (Mr Crookall)

 If he will he make a statement on the recent changes by the UK to public

 examinations and in other areas of the UK education system; what the likely impact is on the Isle of Man’s education system; how he will respond to these changes; and whether he plans to break away from the UK education system, in particular to create a curriculum more closely related to the Isle of Man?

 

 

18. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Health (Mr Anderson)

 In view of the fact that patients in the Isle of Man cannot benefit from the UK Government’s Cancer Drugs fund, whether his Department will help set up a charity to fill the void?

 

           Q18. UK Government's Cancer Drugs Fund - Future isle of Man equivalent

 

 

19. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Minister for Health (Mr Anderson)

 When he will respond to a letter from the Manx Support Group of the Macular Society dated 22nd November 2013; and what the reason is for the delay in replying?

 

          Q19. Manx Support Group of the Macular Society - Response to letter and reasons for delay in response

 

 

20. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Minister for Health (Mr Anderson)

 What actions his Department is taking in light of the recent report on Alder Hey Children’s Hospital which cited concerns regarding safety and if he will make a statement?

 

        Q20. Alder Hey Children's Hospital report - Actions to be taken by Department in light of concerns

 

21. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Minister for Health (Mr Anderson)

 If he is in agreement with the following recommendations made by the Frances Report

 (a) each patient should have a stated lead doctor and nurse and these should be clearly stated in close proximity to their bed;

 (b) all medical personnel shall wear a badge which clearly shows their name and status; and

 (c) all medical personnel shall wear some form of clothing that clearly identifies their status?

 

 

22. The Hon. Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Health (Mr Anderson)

 Whether Avastin is available through the NHS in the UK for cancer treatment and whether there are any plans to approve Avastin for use on the Isle of Man?

 

 

23. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Minister for Health (Mr Anderson)

 (a) Why his Department fails to manage the continuity of patients' files and

 (b) what plans he will put in place to improve patient care in this area?

 

 

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