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Tynwald Standing Orders
1. There shall be a Standing Committee of the
Court on Standards and Members’ Interests.
The Committee shall be chaired by the
Speaker of the House of Keys, and composed of the Members of the Management and
Members’ Standards Committee of the Keys, and two Members of the Council
elected by that Branch.
Notwithstanding any other provisions in
Standing Orders, the quorum of the Standards and Members’ Interests Committee
shall be three.
The Committee shall consider and may
report upon any matter that may from time to time be referred to the Committee
by the Court, or by a Member, which relates to the conduct of a Member.
Tynwald may, on the recommendation of
the Committee, require a Member to apologize for inappropriate conduct. In
cases where a Member refuses to do so, or apologizes in a way which is
unacceptable in the view of the President, the Member should be suspended until
he/she complies properly with the Order of Tynwald.166
4. No matter shall be considered under paragraph
3 above which concerns words used in proceedings in Tynwald, or the meaning or
implication of such words unless:
immediate objection to them has been taken under Standing Order 3.32(1) by the
Member about whom the words have been used, and
the President, after receiving a request from that Member, has decided in all
the circumstances that it is appropriate exceptionally to bring the matter to
the Committee’s attention, or
(iii) the President, after receiving a request from that
Member who was absent from the Chamber when the words in question were used and
who could not have taken objection to them under Standing Order 3.32(1), has
decided in all the circumstances that it is appropriate exceptionally to bring
the matter to the Committee’s attention.
5. The Committee shall
also consider and report on such standards and such privileges of the Court and
of Members as have been, or in the future should be, recognised as necessary
and desirable for the proper and effective discharge of the duties of the Court
of Tynwald and its Members.
6. The Registrar of
Members’ Interests shall maintain a Register, to be known as the Register of
7. The Committee shall
from time to time, and subject to the approval of Tynwald, establish rules for
the Register of Members’ Interests, specifying the type of interests which must
be registered, the manner in which the Register is to be kept, the time limits
within which a Member must notify changes to it and the circumstances in which
it is to be open to inspection by the public.
8. The Clerk of Tynwald shall be the Registrar of
Members’ Interests and shall be responsible to the Committee for maintaining
the Register and for giving effect to the rules referred to in paragraph (7)