Tynwald has been pleased to welcome a delegation from Guernsey on a study visit to research parliamentary processes in the Isle of Man.
H.M Greffier Mr Jon Torode and States Review Committee principal officer Mrs Alysa Martel were visiting Tynwald ahead of producing a first-stage report for consultation on what reforms may be needed to the structure and functions of the legislature and government in Guernsey.
During their three-day visit they met with the President of Tynwald the Hon Clare Christian, the Speaker of the House of Keys the Hon Steve Rodan SHK, and the Clerk of Tynwald Roger Phillips and senior officers to discuss a wide range of topics, including voting procedures, scrutiny issues, the work of the three chambers and their committees and Hansard production.They also attended a sitting of Tynwald Court and met with the Chief Secretary Will Greenhow and director of external relations Della Fletcher.
Mrs Martel explained that studying the Manx parliamentary and legislative model would support the task of the States of Deliberation, the island’s legislature, in considering what system of government might be adopted in the future.
She continued: ‘Our parliamentary resources are somewhat limited, which can give rise, on occasion, to a lack of clear separation between parliament and government, so it has been extremely useful to be able to witness first-hand the workings of Tynwald and its relationship with government in a jurisdiction where there are no party politics. ‘
Mr Torode said: ‘From our observations that relationship is clearly one that would appear to work seamlessly.’
He continued:‘As Crown Dependency jurisdictions Guernsey and the Isle of Man face many similar challenges and, although we operate a unicameral system with 47 Members, when I sat in Tynwald Court it was as if I were “back home” from a procedural perspective.’
Mr Torode also commented on Tynwald’s imposing Chambers and offices and the ease of access enjoyed by officers and the general public to Members. He concluded: ‘We have been extremely impressed by the hospitality extended to us and are most grateful for the co-operation shown by everyone whom we have had the pleasure to meet. We very much hope to be able to bring a delegation back to the Island in the not too distant future to further our research.’
Mrs Alysa Martel and H.M. Greffier Mr Jon Torode are pictured with Clerk of Tynwald Roger Phillips and deputy Clerk of Tynwald Jonathan King. (Photo courtesy of Joann Corkish, Head of Chamber and Information Service
For further information contact:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 685500