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House of KeysMembers of Fushen being sworn in following the 2011 General Election

The House of Keys is the lower Branch of Tynwald. It has twenty four Members directly elected, every five years, from twelve constituencies.

The House of Keys sits in public each week on a Tuesday from 10.00am except on the third Tuesday of the month and during recess periods.

The sitting begins with up to an hour of Questions, followed by the principal business of the House which is the consideration of legislation. By convention, Bills are considered first in the House of Keys and then in the Legislative Council.

The business of the House of Keys is set out in an order paper, decisions are recorded in the votes and proceedings and the full record of everything said is set out in the Official Report - Hansard. For documents from the current Parliamentary session go to Business. To search older documents use the links at the foot of the page.

The procedure in the House of Keys is controlled by the Speaker in accordance with Standing Orders, on which his interpretation is authoritative.

Further details of the procedure and types of business of the House of Keys may be found in the Tynwald Companion - Chapter 4.