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Qualified support for webcasts idea

A Rushen MHK is backing the idea of webcasting Tynwald and other legislative sittings, but says its value should be assessed against its cost.

Quintin Gill was speaking about an idea from the Positive Action Group, which would allow people to watch legislative debates on-line, and access archived audio-visual recordings.

Forty parliaments and councils in the British Isles already use the technology, which would cost about £40,000 a year.

Mr Gill (pictured) hopes it would encourage the public to become more engaged with politics, but he is questioning how interested people would really be (audio file attached):

Mr Gill was speaking to Dan Davies on Manx Radio's Talking Heads.

The Positive Action Group's proposal has been submitted to the Tynwald Management Committee for consideration.

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