Rob Callister, MHK
Rob Callister speaking in the chamber
Rob Callister, MHK

Parliamentary Questions, Speeches, Motions and Reports

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House of Keys

Speech on Bishop’s Vote – March 24 – Keys

Bishop of Isle of ManThank you Mr. Speaker 

Firstly, can I take this opportunity to thank those Hon Members that supported my adjournment request back in December 2023, which allowed this draft legislation to go through a full and proper public consultation.  

The findings of that consultation have now been presented back to Hon. Members for further consideration.  

However, simply laying the report or receiving the report is not sufficient in my opinion. 

It was my full intention to bring this report before the House […]

Motion – November sitting of House of Keys (Bishop’s Vote)

Thank you Mr Speaker 

I am somewhat surprised that we are here yet again discussing the removal of the Lord Bishop’s right to vote in Tynwald and Legislative Council, especially when this item was only discussed in June this year. 

The Hon Member for Ramsey as the current Minister for Health and Social Care for the Isle of Man is no doubt fully aware that his Department and Manx Care are currently facing some serious issues around recruitment, retention and from a financial point of view. 

The […]

Motion to move Assisted Dying into the Bill Committee

assisted dyingThank you Mr Speaker   

I think it is important that I outline very clearly, both to mover of the Bill and to Hon Members of this House that it is not my intention by moving this Motion today to put this very important piece of draft legislation into the political long grass, especially after a very emotional, respectful and an exceptionally high quality debate last week on Assisted Dying, which lasted over five hours. 

I certainly won’t be repeating the speech that I made last week, and […]

Speech on Assisted Dying Bill 2023

assisted dying

Thank you Mr Speaker 

The private Member’s Bill being promoted by the Hon Member for Ramsey, Dr Allinson is a modest Bill with only 14 Clauses, but it is one that needs to be very carefully thought through. 

We know that England and Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands are all looking at introducing legislation on Assisted Dying, and most of them are still at a very early stage, other than our colleagues in Jersey who in November 2021 became the first Parliament in the […]

Tynwald Court

Speech on MLC’s in Departments

tynwaldThank you Mr. President

Over the past 10 years there have been various reviews undertaken and reports published in respect of the functioning of Tynwald, but importantly the role to be undertaken by Members of Legislative Council who are not publicly elected by the general population of the Isle of Man.

Back in May 2015, my colleague from Douglas Central, Mr. Thomas started the debate with a motion asking for an independent review to examine the functioning of the branches of Tynwald, and to consider options for reform.

In 2016, the Manx Government commissioned Lord […]

Independent Review of Government’s Management of the Ranson Case – by Richard Wright KC

Thank you Mr. President 

I would like to start by thanking the Tynwald Committee and the Chief Minister for giving Hon. Members sufficient time to seriously go through this report in some detail before this very important debate today, which has 24 recommendations for careful consideration. 

I think we need to accept from the outset that there many lessons that need to be learnt from the findings of this report, not just relating to the Dr. Ranson Employment Tribunal, but more importantly the role undertaken by the AG’s […]

Review of the Members’ Standards

tynwaldThank you Mr. President,  

My contribution today in respect of the Tynwald Members’ Standards report is not about me personally or about the various investigations and enquiries that I have had to deal with over past the 18 months….

…but more importantly, my contribution today is very much focused on the next member of Tynwald that finds themselves under investigation….

….and on behalf of the next Member of Tynwald that is asked to stand in this Hon Court, and upon your instruction Mr. President is asked […]

Gaza Ceasefire – April 2024 – Tynwald

Thank you Mr President 

I stand in support of the Motion on the Order Paper here today…..

Partly, because I am extremely disappointed in the way that the House of Commons has voted and debated on this particular issue over the past few months. 

If the United Kingdom cannot speak with clarity and conviction on such an important humanitarian issue, then I think it is right that this Court and the people of the Isle of Man add their voice to the many voices within the International […]

March 2024 – Speech on Electoral Commission Review of Constituency Boundaries

Thank you Mr President 

I would like to start by thanking the Electoral Commission for their latest report, and for their previous reports on the review of Constituency Boundaries and other electoral matters relating to the House of Keys General Elections. 

The task before the Electoral Commission was broad and difficult, and having followed their work very closely over the past 11 years, I do sometimes feel that the Electoral Commission are trying to put square pegs into round holes at times….

…but this shouldn’t be seen […]

December 2023 – Speech on Homelessness Strategy

Housing developmentThank you Mr President

I thank the Chairman of the Housing and Communities Board for its Homelessness Strategy (2023-28) report. 

As I mentioned in October, becoming homeless, or even the fear that this could potentially occur to someone is one of the most difficult experiences that can happen to any individual or a family on the island. 

I do appreciate the publication of this report by the Board, but I am not entirely sure that this homelessness strategy actually sets out a comprehensive and clear plan […]


Opening remarks to the Select Committee on the organization and operation of the 2016 House of Keys General Election – Feb 2017

opening remarks to the Select Committee on the organization and operation of the 2016 House of Keys General Election - Feb 2017

Good Morning Mr Chairman & Honourable Members

First of all, I must thank the Committee for agreeing to hear my evidence this morning.

I must also start by putting on record that I felt that the 2016 House Keys General Election held in the constituency of Onchan was extremely well organised. In my opinion, the Returning Officer Mr Jeremy Callin and his staff showed an excellent level of professionalism to all Candidates throughout […]

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