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

Question to the Minister for Infrastructure – 25th February 2020

The Hon. Member for Onchan (Mr Callister) to ask the Minister for Infrastructure:

If he will introduce the Sunflower Lanyard at Ronaldsway Airport and at the Sea Terminal for customers to indicate to staff that they may need additional care and support, because of hidden disabilities such as hearing loss, autism and dementia?

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Tynwald Court

November 2023 – Tynwald – Speech on the OFSTED Report, Children’s Social Services

Thank you Mr President,

As Hon Members of this Court, we have to work our way through a considerable amount of reading material, most of which is relatively straightforward, but on a rare occasion there are papers, documents or Committee reports that make you pause, reflect and seriously consider their contents. 

There are also certain reports and discussion points that shouldn’t by-pass this Honourable Court without due consideration or without a single word being spoken, and the recent Ofsted Inspection report into the Isle of Man Children’s Social […]

December 2023 – Speech on Bishop’s Vote

Bishop of Isle of ManThank you Mr. Speaker 

In accordance with Standing Order 3.29, I would like to move an adjournment in respect of the Isle of Man Constitution Bill 2023…..until such time that this draft legislation has gone through a full and proper public consultation…

….and the findings of that consultation have been presented back to this Hon House for further consideration. 

My reason for moving this adjournment is due to the fact that since the Honourable Member for Ramsey obtained permission from this House in […]

November 2023 – Tynwald – Speech on Visitor Experience

Visit Isle of ManThank you Mr President 

Happy to second, in order to ensure that we do have this very important debate on tourism and the visitor experience – but I am not entirely sure at this moment in the time if I will be supporting the motion on the Order Paper…. 

The Hon Member for Arbory, Castletown and Malew, Mr Moorhouse moving the motion is asking that Tynwald is of the opinion that the visitor experience on the Isle of Man should be improved, and that the […]


hospitalThank you Mr President,

Our ‘Island Plan’ has an objective to “address how waiting times and access to health and social care services can be improved as a priority” – and this motion for consideration here today directly supports that goal.

Manx Care inherited a significant waiting list backlog across all inpatient, day-case and outpatient specialties. 

These waiting lists were prolonged by the impact of Covid-19 with most specialties reporting more than a 52 week wait for both inpatient surgeries and outpatient appointments. 

I’m sure that many of […]

Oct 2023 (Tynwald Sitting) – Speech on Homelessness

Thank you Mr President 

Happy to second this motion from the Hon. Member for Arbory, Malew and Castletown Mr. Moorhouse, in order to have this very important discussion and debate around “Homelessness” here on the Isle of Man. 

The motion calls on Tynwald to provide greater support for people who find themselves homeless on our island, which I fully support. 

I am also grateful to the Hon Member for Douglas North Mr. Ashford for publishing the Homelessness Strategy late last night, which I will read in greater detail over the next few days.    

Unlike […]

Oct 2023 (Tynwald Sitting) – Speech on the Tolson Report

Housing developmentThank you Mr President 

I note that the DOI Minister is only asking for this Court today to “receive the Tolson report” and for this Court to support a consultation on its preferred option…. 

…and that option is to explore the possibility of setting up a “not for profit” standalone “Housing Association”, in order to transfer and manage the Department’s own Housing Stock of around 1,200 Properties only…

However, as I mentioned in the Tynwald Members Presentation recently, I have some serious concerns regarding this report […]


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