The success of otherwise of kerbside recycling schemes will be under the spotlight in the House of Keys today (Tuesday).

Rob Callister (Onchan) has tabled a question for Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer asking how many local authorities now operate such schemes and whether he has any plans to introduce an all-island recycling scheme.

Mr Callister will also raise the shock findings of a Zoopla survey that house sellers in the Isle of Man cut their asking prices more than anywhere else in the British Isles. Some estate agents here are sceptical, though.

People questioning the findings of a survey? Now, where have we had that happen before?

Other questions cover whether a fund could be created to buy properties of national importance, the procedures for freedom of information requests, the revenue contingency budget and why protest groups are allowed to display ’highly disturbing imagery’ in public places.

That latter, no doubt, refers to militant anti-abortion protestors.

The Abortion Reform Bill, which carries with it powers to create exclusion zones to stop protestors operating near to hospitals and medical practices, is back for a third reading, before it will be passed to the Legislative Council for further consideration.

MHKS will also be expected to rubber-stamp the introduction of new standing orders, necessary after the decision was taken to make the election of future chief ministers the sole remit of the House of Keys rather than Tynwald.

Meanwhile, a light agenda awaits the Legislative Council. This is because Anti-Money Laundering and Other Financial Crime (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill was carried through all the stages of scrutiny last week. An unusual move, in response to pressure to meet international obligations.

The Central Registry Bill, however, remains on the agenda and is due for its second reading and scrutiny of its clauses.

The other exciting news to report from the upper chamber is that last week, as well as finishing its consideration of The Airports and Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill – another international obligations box-ticker, the council has adopted new rules introduced by Tynwald and the Keys that the voting patterns in ballots to elect committee members should be made public.

Source: IoMToday