AUDIO LINKS TO PROCEEDINGS FOR MAY 2014

 

 

COMMITTEE CARE & UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN 28th MAY 2014

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Kevin O'Riordan and Hazel Smith, advocates.

 

 

 

TYNWALD COURT 20th MAY 2014

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5. Supplementary Capital Authorities - Postponed to next sitting of Tynwald

 

 

Bills for signature - Criminal Justice, Police Powers and Other Amendments Bill 2013 and the Post Office Amendment Bill 2013

 

 

1. Papers Laid

 

 

 

QUESTIONS

 

1. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) – 
Under what circumstances the Council of Ministers is able to set aside Financial Regulations? 

Q1. Financial regulations - Council of Ministers’ ability to set aside

 

2. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) – 
Under what authority the Council of Ministers appointed Ci65 Limited as consultants for the second phase of the review of National Insurance and benefits? 

Q2. Ci65 Ltd - Council of Ministers’ authority to appoint

 

3. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) – 
What role the (i) Minister of Health and Social Care , (ii) Treasury, (iii) Council of Ministers and (iv) Tynwald play in respect of decisions about payments in and out of the Health Inspection Fund? 

Q3. Health Inspection Fund - Ministerial role in decisions re payments

 

4. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) – 
Pursuant to the April 2014 Tynwald resolution encouraging Isle of Man civil society to prepare and submit its own report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in connection with the 6th periodic report regarding the UN 
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: UK, British Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies, what support the Government will provide to enable equal participation for all in its preparation and submission?

Q4. United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Contribution to sixth periodic report

 

5. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)– 
What plans he has to introduce changes to the terms and conditions for Chief Officers, such as a five year contract and a system for Chief Officers to be held to account for the manner in which they carry out their duties?

Q5. Chief officers - Terms and conditions

 

6. The Hon. Member for Castletown (Mr Ronan) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)– 
What criteria he uses to define who is vulnerable; and how many people on the Isle of Man come into this category? 

Q6. Vulnerable people - Definition; numbers

 

7. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
What due diligence Treasury performed on Ci65 Limited before the Council of Ministers awarded them the second phase of the review of National Insurance and benefits? 

Q7. Ci65 Ltd - Due diligence performed by Treasury

 

8. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
What the (i) extent and (ii) composition are of the annual withdrawal from the Public Sector Employees Pension Reserve; and when this fund is expected to be depleted? 

Q8. Public Sector Employees Pension Reserve - Annual withdrawals; depletion of fund

 

9. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare)– 
What provisional sum Treasury has included in Health and Social Care budgets from 2015-16 onwards to allow for the continuation of any changes which may be required as a result of reviews undertaken at Noble’s Hospital? 

Q9. Noble’s Hospital reviews - Financial provision made re any changes required

 

10. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
What the Treasury’s views are on an ISA scheme for Manx taxpayers developed with the private sector running an investment bond independent of Government to create capital for projects for action for the Manx economy? 

Q10. ISA Scheme for Manx taxpayers - Departement's views

 

11. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
What plans he has to investigate the changes announced by the UK Treasury in relation to the manner in which pension pots can be used by retirees?

Q11. Use of pension pots - Investigation into UK changes

 

12. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
What plans he has to address the problem of high rents for retail property by introducing deemed income for taxes on landlords of retail outlets? 

Q12. Retail property rents - Taxes on landlords of retail outlets

 

13. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Skelly) – 
If he will make a statement on the Department’s recently announced ‘Action Plan for the Island’s Green Lanes’ and how the Department envisages the long term management of the Island’s green lanes; 
(a) who was involved in consultations, and whether this included environmental and ecological officers from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture; and, if not, why not; 
(b) whether his Department will be involved in future monitoring of green lanes and any damage that may be occurring or, illegal use; and 
(c) whether he will bring in measures to ensure that any further damage is minimised?

Q13. Action Plan for the Island's Green Lanes - Statement

 

14. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Henderson) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Skelly) – 
Whether his Department will, with the Department of Economic Development, help to promote alternative uses of the Island’s green lanes other than for motor sport, discourage off-Island visitors from using them and promote more sustainable 
activities to replace any perceived income loss? 

Q14. Island's green lanes - Promotion of alternative uses

 

15. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure (Mr Skelly) – 
When he introduces changes to the bus timetable and routes if he will allow the general public to contribute to help any changes to be more effective? 

Q15. Changes to bus timetable and routes - Contribution of general public

 

16. The Hon. Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Policy and Reform (Mr Robertshaw) – 
Under the Public Sector Pension cost sharing proposals for 2020 – (a) what the split will be between the employees and the Government; and 
(b) what the estimated employees contribution would be per annum if the cost sharing was in place now? 

Q16.Public Sector Pension proposals - Split between employees and Government

 

 

17. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Chairman of the Tynwald Advisory Council for Disabilities (Mr Braidwood) – 
Whether any Government Department, Statutory Board or the Isle of Man Medicines Commission sought any advice from the Tynwald Advisory Council for Disabilities on matters relating to chronically sick or disabled persons before the Isle of Man Government made its contribution in 2013 to the UK’s 6th
 periodic report regarding the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: UK, British Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies; and if so, what advice was 
given? 

Q17. Chronically sick or disabled persons - Advice prior to contribution to UK's 6th periodic report

 

 

ORDERS, REPORTS MOTIONS & STATEMENTS.

 

3. Manx National Insurance Fund - statement on the Report by the UK Government Actuary on the operation of the Social Security Acts in the Isle of Man for the period 1st April 2007 to 31st March 2012 [GD No 2014/0029]

 

 

4. Armed Forces Covenant - statement on the First Annual Report on the Operation of the Armed Forces Covenant [GD No 2014/0034]

 

 

6. Children’s Services Joint Improvement Plan - Children’s Services Joint Improvement Plan in response to the Scottish Inspectorate Report [GD 2014/0033] - Part 1

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7. Tynwald Honours Committee - First Report of the Tynwald Honours Committee 2013-2014 [PP No 2014/0047]

 

 

8. Social Affairs Policy Review Committee - Third Report of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee for the Session 2013/14: Pre-School Education [PP No 2014/0027] - Part 1 - Motion moved

 

 

8. Social Affairs Policy Review Committee - Third Report of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee for the Session 2013/14: Pre-School Education [PP No 2014/0027] - Part 2

 

Announcement of Royal Assent - Criminal Justice, Police Powers and Other Amendments Act 2014 and the Post Office Amendment Act 2014

 

 

9. Tynwald Management Committee - First Report of the Tynwald Management Committee 2013-2014: Fees for Searches [PP No 2014/0069]

 

 

10. Control of Employment Act 1975 - Control of Employment (Chief Officers of Departments Etc) Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0158]

 

 

11. Education Act 2001 - Education (Student Awards) Regulations 2014 [SD No 2014/0159]

 

 

12. Income Tax Act 1970 - Income Tax (Social Security Benefits) (Exemptions) Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0122]

 

 

13. Customs and Excise Act 1993 - Customs and Excise Acts (Amendment) Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0115]

 

 

14. Customs and Excise Act 1993 - Export Control (Amendment) Order 2014 (Application) Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0127]

 

 

15. Value Added Tax Act 1996 - Value Added Tax Act 1996 (Amendment) Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0132]

 

 

16. Audit Act 2006 - Audit (Local Government) Direction Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0148]

 

 

17. The Farm and Horticultural Improvement Scheme 2006 - Farm and Horticultural Improvement Scheme 2006 (Amendment) Scheme 2014 [GC No 2014/0023]

 

 

18. Dogs Act 1990 - Dogs (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2014 [SD No 2014/0145]

 

 

19. Annual Review of the Financial Supervision Commission

 

 

20. Means Testing of State Pensions

 

 

21. Construction Industry

 

 

22. Select Committee on Planning Administration

 

 

23. Public Sector Pension

 

 

24. Public Sector Pension Authority

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF KEYS 13th MAY 2014

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QUESTIONS.

 

 

1. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell)– 
What action he is able to take to assist investors to recover their savings, which were lost as a result of neglect by local Financial Consultants who continue to trade, but who are unable to engage assistance from the Financial Supervision Commission? 

 

1.1. Assistance to investors - Recovery of lost savings

 

2. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Bell) – 
What the Treasury’s policy is on residential rental tax; and whether there have been any initiatives to increase tax taken from this source of income from landlords with more than two units? 

 

1.2. Residential rental tax - Policy

 

3. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for 
Infrastructure (Mr Skelly) – 
 Whether Douglas needs an up-to-date development plan; and what measures are being taken to prepare one in the interests of economic development? 

 

1.3. Douglas development plan - Measures to update

 

4. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Economic Development (Mr Shimmin) – 
What steps have been taken to make all employers, who have staff on work permits to provide a private health cover levy to the National Health Service for such staff? 

 

1.4. Employers of staff on work permits - Private health cover levy

 

5. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Policy and Reform (Mr Robertshaw) – 
What the Public Sector Pensions Working Group (i) terms of reference, (ii) membership, (iii) budget and (iv) reporting obligations and deadlines are; and how they were adjusted after the sitting of Tynwald in January 2014? 

 

1.5. Public Sector Pensions Working Group - Terms of reference etc

 

6. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Chairman of the Manx Utilities Authority (Mr Cannan)– 
What the legal basis is for the Authority’s sewerage charge appeals process; what criteria have been used to determine appeals using this process; and whether the Authority’s decision can be appealed beyond its appeals process? 

 

1.6. Sewerage charge appeals process - Authority's legal basis

 

7. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Chairman of the Council of Ministers Social Policy and Children’s Committee (Mr Robertshaw) – 
Pursuant to his answer of 15th April 2014 on poverty data, what practical, procedural and legal obstacles exist to publishing the data collected?

 

1.7. Poverty data - Publication of data collected

 

BILLS, MOTIONS, REPORTS ETC.

 

3.1 Public Services Commission Bill 2014 - Second Reading

 

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 13th MAY 2014

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1. European Union (Amendment) Bill 2014 - Third Reading
2. Cabinet Office (Legislative Amendments) Bill 2014 - First Reading
3. Trusts (Amendment) Bill 2014 - First Reading

 

 

COMMITTEE : ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY 9th MAY 2014

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Hon Phil Gawne MHK, Minister of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture and Mr Richard Lole, Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture

 

 

COMMITTEE: PUBLIC ACCOUNTS 7th MAY 2014

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Hon Eddie Teare MHK, Treasury Minister, and Dr Malcolm Couch, Chief Financial Officer
Hon Chris Robertshaw MHK, former Minister for Social Care, and Mrs Yvette Mellor, former Chief Executive, Department of Social Care

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE: CARE & UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN 7th MAY 2014

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John Knight (IOM Children's Centre) Jo Thomas (IOM Children's Centre)

 

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS 6th MAY 2014.

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Welcome to visitors from the House of Commons

 

1. European Union (Amendment) Bill 2014 - Second Reading and Clauses Law Officers Bill 2014 - Continuation of Second Reading and Consideration of Clauses and Third Reading

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF KEYS PROCEEDINGS 6th MAY 2014

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Welcome to visitors from the House of Commons

 

Procedural - Answering of Chief Minister's questions, 1 and 2, in his abscence

 

ORAL QUESTIONS

 

1. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Teare for absent Mr Bell) – 
Whether £2.1 million has been allocated for implementing the recommendations of the various reports into the health service and if this is insufficient further  funds will be made available? 
 

1.1. Health Service - Implementation of Report Recommendations

 

 

2. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Chief Minister (Mr Bell) – 
What action he is able to take to assist investors to recover their savings, which were lost as a result of neglect by local Financial Consultants who continue to trade, but who are unable to engage assistance from the Financial Supervision 
Commission? **Held over for the next sitting.

 

 

 

3. The Hon. Member for Douglas South (Mrs Beecroft) to ask the Minister for the  Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
Why confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses are included as standard in any initial agreement prepared and issued by the Attorney General’s Chambers  when drafting on behalf of Government? 

 

 

1.3. Attorney General's Chambers agreements - Inclusion of confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses

 

 

4. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) –
How much money would be added to the National Insurance Fund if those workers who are over pension age were to continue to pay National Insurance contributions? 

 

1.4. National Insurance Fund - Contributions of workers over pension age

 

5. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare) – 
What the cost was of the personal allowance tax credit in the last financial year; and what plans he has to remove the allowance for those with capital above a certain limit along the same lines as the Social Security personal allowance  credit? 

 

 

1.5.Personal Allowance Tax Credit - Cost in last fianancial year and future plans

 

 

6. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for the Treasury (Mr Teare)-  
To what extent dividends payable to company owners in lieu of salary attract  National Insurance contributions? 

 

 

1.6. Company owners dividends - National Insurance contributions

 

 

7. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Environment,  Food and Agriculture (Mr Gawne ) – 
Why his department has set the permitted sewage effluent contamination into Peel Bay four times greater than recommended by the design consultants for a bathing area? 

 

 

1.7. Peel Bay - Permitted sewage effluent contamination

 

 

 

8. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for Environment,  Food and Agriculture (Mr Gawne ) – 
What response business operators from the food park have given following consultation about the possible effect a sewage works being built close by might have on their businesses? 

 

 

1.8. Food Park business operators - Consultation re sewage works

 

 

 

9. The Hon. Member for Douglas East (Mrs Cannell) to ask the Minister for 
Infrastructure (Mr Skelly) – 
What plans he has to amend the driving licence charges for those who suffer from diabetes so they are not charged for a full driver’s licence renewal, to  bring arrangements in line with the United Kingdom? 

 

 

 

1.9. Driving licence charges - Charges for diabetes sufferers
Suspension of Standing Orders to complete questions for oral answer

 

 

10. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure  (Mr Skelly)– 
What the expected scope is of each of the Town and Country Planning 
(Amendment) Bills which are included in the Government’s Legislative 
Programme?  

 

 

1.10. Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bills - Expected scope

 

 

11. The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Karran) to ask the Minister for 
Infrastructure (Mr Skelly) - 
What action he has taken to improve the effectiveness of Douglas Corporation Building Control Department in protecting purchasers of houses? 

 

 

1.11. Douglas Corporation Building Control Department - Effectiveness in protecting house purchasers

 

 

12. The Hon. Member for Michael (Mr Cannan) to ask the Minister for Economic  Development (Mr Shimmin) – 
For what purpose he hired a retail consultant to provide advice in relation to 
Callow’s Yard? 

 

 

1.12. Callow's Yard - Purpose of retail consultant

 

13. The Hon. Member for Douglas North (Mr Houghton) to ask the Minister for Economic Development  (Mr Shimmin) – 
How much has been spent to date and what progress has been made so far  with the T.T. World Series initiative? 

 

 

1.13. TT World Series - Progress made with initiative

 

 

14. The Hon. Member for Douglas West (Mr Thomas) to ask the Minister for Policy  and Reform (Mr Robertshaw) – 
If he will make a statement on the Government’s performance in 2013/14 quarter 4 against its Agenda for Change targets and objectives?

 

1.14. Agenda for Change targets - Statement on quarter 4 performance

 

 

ORDERS, BILLS, MOTIONS & REPORTS.

 

3.1 Public Services Commission Bill 2014 - For First Reading
4.1 Control of Employment Bill 2013 - Consideration of Council Amendments
5.1 Cabinet Office (Legislative Amendments) Bill 2014 - For Third Reading
5.2 Trusts (Amendment) Bill 2014 - For Third Reading

Procedural re amendments to Bills

 

 

 

CIVIL LEGAL PROCEEDINGS COMMITTEE 2nd MAY 2014

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Mrs Jane O'Rourke, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Law Society

 

EASTER RECESS (TYNWALD, KEYS & LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL) 16th APRIL 2014 to 6th MAY 2014

 

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