Quayle To Outline His Priorities For Delivery By General Election

Chief Minister Howard Quayle will be called on to outline his priorities in the House of Keys today (Tuesday).

For Keys’ first sitting this year he will be asked by Jason Moorhouse (Arbory, Castletown and Malew) to outline his three priorities for delivery in the time before the general election in 2021.

A betting man might suggest the word Brexit will be mentioned at some point.

If it isn’t referred to in answer to the first question on the agenda, it will probably come up in answer to the second, when Lawrie Hooper (LibVannin, Ramsey) will ask when the Isle of Man EU Settlement Scheme will be laid before Tynwald and when registration will open.

If that’s not enough European Union news for you – and, Lord knows, we could do with hearing more about the EU – a further question will call upon Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly to detail what enhanced support will be provided to new and existing exporters after Brexit.

Mr Moorhouse will be a busy man this morning, as he will ask Education Minister Graham Cregeen about his plans to help all pupils – both primary and secondary – achieve their full potential.

In fact, the six questions shared for oral answer are shared evenly by Mr Moorhouse with Mr Hooper.

The Ramsey MHK will seek a progress report on improvements to Ramsey bus and tram station, from Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer.

These days, a list of questions for written answer would not be complete without Mr Hooper asking for progress on targets set out in the Programme for Government.

Reassuringly, he has seven such queries this time around, on different aspects of the justice system including sentencing, probation, parole and early intervention to prevent offending and re-offending.

Two pieces of legislation are before the Keys today.

The Income Tax Legislation (Amendment) Bill is down for a formal first reading, so it will not be debated.

But MHKs will get the chance to debate the principles behind the Dormant Assets Bill.

This would allow ‘dormant’ assets in banks to be given to charity. In general terms, a bank would have had to have lost contact with the account-holder for 15 years before any assets could be classed as dormant.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Council is back in action and will embark on detailed scrutiny of the Charities Registration and Regulation Bill.

This will introduce a new register of Manx charities and require more information to qualify for inclusion.

Source: IOM Today