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Questions on race issues, Langness and Bowl

The issue of race relations in the Isle of Man features on the question paper for the final sitting of Tynwald of the decade, on Tuesday.

Following a two-part documentary on Manx Radio last month, Bishop Robert has a written item on the subject.

There are 25 questions in all, and other subjects include the preparation of departmental budgets for the forthcoming financial year, the Langness inquiry, reciprocal health agreements, and the Bowl refurbishment scheme.

During one of the Manx Radio programmes it was claimed the government hadn't recently carried out research into attitudes to race and multi-culturalism on the Island.

Bishop Robert will ask the minister for home affairs if he thinks the appearance of the 'No, No, No to a Mosque' page on Facebook indicated such research would be valuable.

He also wants to know how race relations monitoring here compares with that in neighbouring nations in the European Union.

David Cannan will ask the chief minister if he will give a presentation to members of Tynwald early in the New Year, advising them: "of the impact in the reduction of public services, and the numbers of persons to be made redundant."

Juan Watterson wants a progress report on the Langness inquiry and Bill Henderson will ask the tourism minister if he will seek an urgent meeting with Douglas Borough Council, to ask members to review the decision not to support the Bowl refurbishment scheme.

There will be live coverage of the whole of the December sitting of Tynwald on Manx Radio's 1368 AM service, from 10.30am on Tuesday.

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