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

Parliamentary Questions, Speeches, Motions and Reports

Most recent questions

House of Keys

Amendment to the Assisted Dying Bill 2023

Thank you Mr Speaker

As I mentioned during the Second reading, I do have some serious concerns around the residency period, which is outlined under Clause 4 of the bill.

Although, the residency period being proposed in this draft legislation is identical to the House of Lords bill 2021, and that being considered my our colleagues in Jersey….

…..I remain very concerned that the Isle of Man will start to see people moving to the island, in order to take full advantage of this particular Bill, especially if the Isle of Man was to introduce this legislation ahead of England, Wales, Scotland and […]

Assisted Dying – Bill Committee Report

assisted dyingThank you Mr Speaker

I would like to start by thanking my House of Keys colleagues that supported my amendment back in November, in order to enable the clauses of the Assisted Dying Bill 2023 to be reviewed and considered by a Committee of five Members of this House.

As I mentioned back then, the Assisted Dying Bill 2023 being promoted by the Hon Member for Ramsey, Dr Allinson is a modest Bill with only 14 Clauses, but one that I felt needed to be very carefully thought through.

At the second reading stage […]

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

Public Sector Housing Financial Thresholds – Speech by Rob Callister

Thank you Mr President

Just like a few other Members in this Hon Court, I have followed our Public Sector Housing Policies very closely since the initial David Tolson Partnership report on the “Housing Needs Study” in July 2013.

In that report it highlighted that public sector housing rents on the island were shown to be well below those in the UK, and I know that a lot of work has been done over the last 11 years, in order to help lift public sector housing rents to the right level given the investment […]

Gaza Ceasefire – Speech

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 Community at the moment calling for an immediate suspension
of the hostilities in Gaza region.

I think it is […]

Review of the Members’ Standards – speech

Thank 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 to make a very personal and public apology. 

[…]

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 Chambers and the interim Chief Secretary at the time during key stages of this […]

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 […]

Committees

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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