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Statement on Brexit in Tynwald today

Court to consider Programme for Government

Tynwald gets under way this morning.

Following last week's release of the draft Brexit deal by Theresa May, the chief minister will appraise members of what it means for the Isle of Man via a statement.

That's a supplementary, and could be read out before the business on the order paper commences.

Moving on to the questions, there are 14 which will be tackled in the chamber.

Garff MHK Daphne Caine asking what is essentially the same question to four ministers: chief; education, sport and culture; health and social care; and home affairs.

She wants to know what they are doing to replace the Children's Services Partnership, which was disbanded by the DESC in December last year, and whether the partnership's demise has had a negative impact.

Elsewhere, Kerry Sharpe MLC wants to know what's being done to ensure religious education in primary schools is balanced and Bill Shimmins wants to know what progress has been made on the government's new road safety strategy.

In the rest of the order paper, there's a statement due on bathing water quality from the environment, food and agriculture minister and a report which calls for urban development to be prioritised over rural schemes is up for debate, as is the chief constable's annual report.

The latest Programme for Government progress report - including details of the primary legislation to be brought forward in the coming year - will be debated as well.

Tynwald will also be asked to approve a £1.5 million scheme to rebuild the horse tram depot at Strathallan. 

Proceedings are broadcast live on AM 1368 from 10.30 and via the website and smartphone apps.

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