Debate gives Members the opportunity to express their opinions about a particular topic. Each Member, apart from the mover, may speak only once in each debate.
Speaking and Conduct in Debate
Members address their remarks to the Presiding Officer. For example in Tynwald Court it is usual to begin speaking
with ‘Thank you, Mr/Madam President’
(or in Manx, ‘Gura mie eu, Eaghtyrane’).
Remarks addressed directly to another
Member are avoided. Members are advised to phrase such remarks indirectly, e.g. ‘The
Hon. Member must know that he is being foolish’. This rule is applied to
maintain courtesy in debate where those debating may hold strong and divergent opinions
on often contentious issues.
Whenever the Presiding Officer is about to speak, any Member then speaking or wishing to speak must sit down so that the Presiding Officer may be heard without interruption.
Members may not use
offensive words against Tynwald or either Branch, or in reference to any
person. No Member is permitted to use the name of the Sovereign or the Governor
irreverently in debate or with the object of influencing the Court in its
The Presiding Officer may caution any Member who speaks irreverently or repetitively. If this caution is ignored, the Presiding Officer may instruct the Member to stop speaking.
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