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​Legislative Council

Legislative Council ChamberThe Legislative Council is the upper Branch of Tynwald and its eleven members are either indirectly elected or sit ex officio.

The Legislative Council sits in public each week on a Tuesday from 10.30am except on the third Tuesday of the month and during recess periods.

The sitting may begin with Questions followed by the principal business of the Council which is the consideration of legislation. Although it is possible for Bills to be first introduced into the Council, by convention Bills are now usually first introduced into the Keys and the Council has become primarily a revising chamber.

The business of the Legislative Council 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 Legislative Council is controlled by the President in accordance with Standing Orders, on which his interpretation is authoritative.

Further details of the procedure and types of business of the Legislative Council may be found in the Tynwald Companion - Chapter 3.