Tynwald Standing Orders
There shall be three Policy Review Committees which shall be Standing Committees of the Court. They shall scrutinise the implemented policies, as deemed necessary by each Committee, of the Departments and Offices indicated in this paragraph together with the associated Statutory Boards and other bodies:
· Social Affairs Committee: Department of Health and Social Care; Department of Education and Children; and Department of Home Affairs.
Each Policy Review Committee shall in addition be entitled to take evidence from witnesses, whether representing a Department, Office, Statutory Board or other organisation within its remit or not, in cases where the subject matter cuts across different areas of responsibility of different Departments, Offices, Statutory Boards or other organisations. The Policy Review Committees may also hold joint sittings for deliberative purposes or to take evidence. The Chairmen of the Policy Review Committees shall agree on the scope of a Policy Review Committee’s inquiry where the subject cuts across the respective boundaries of the Policy Review Committees’ remits.
Each Policy Review Committee shall have –
(a) a Chairman elected by Tynwald,(b) two other Members.
Members of Tynwald shall not be eligible for membership of the Committee, if, for the time being, they hold any of the following offices: President of Tynwald, member of the Council of Ministers, member of the Treasury Department referred to in section 1(2)(b) of the Government Departments Act 1987.
The Policy Review Committees shall be authorised in terms of sections 3 and 4 of the Tynwald Proceedings Act 1876 as amended and of Standing Orders to take evidence and to summon the attendance of witnesses and further to require the attendance of Ministers for the purpose of assisting the Committee (or Committees, if sitting jointly).