A group of Tynwald Members has today travelled to Edinburgh for a study visit to the Scottish Parliament.
The delegation is headed by the Hon Steve Rodan MLC. The other Members travelling are Hon Geoffrey Boot MHK, Rob Callister MHK, Bill Shimmins MHK, Tanya August-Hanson MLC and Kerry Sharpe MLC. The delegation is accompanied by Deputy Clerk of Tynwald, Jonathan King.
Organised through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the visit will give participants the opportunity to examine the procedures and practices of the Scottish Parliament, focusing on legislation, committee work, youth engagement, and other topics of interest to individual participants.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Ken Macintosh MSP, and other MSPs from all political parties, many of whom have previously visited the Isle of Man.
Delegation leader the Hon Steve Rodan said:
“Study visits such as this are an important way for Members of the Island’s Parliament to develop in their role. By looking at other parliaments we can often find valuable new perspectives from which to consider our own practices and procedure.
“Moreover it is important for the Island’s politicians to build and maintain good relations with counterparts in the neighbouring jurisdictions. Visits such as this are an essential part in building those relationships both at a personal and at an institutional level.”
Today’s visit follows similar visits to Jersey in January and to Westminster in 2017.
The costs of Tynwald Members’ parliamentary off-Island travel are posted on the Tynwald website.
For further information contact:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Telephone: 01624 686303