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Tynwald faces busy sitting

Tynwald sits from this morning, with a packed agenda and almost 70 questions.

Among the items for discussion are the minimum wage, energy prices, the Island’s work permit system and the government’s annual accounts.

There’s also an attempt from East Douglas MHK Brenda Cannell to overturn the Island’s smoking ban, and Douglas South MHK Bill Malarkey wants a wider investigation into the Steam Packet Company.

Questions look set to give ministers a busy time with 44 for oral answer and 23 for written reply.

Jason Roberts reports (text, below, from attached audio file):

Tynwald’s newest member, MLC Juan Turner, will ask his first question this morning about the corporate charge and why dormant companies have to pay the £250 fee each year.

Rushen MHK Quintin Gill will quiz Transport Minister David Anderson about bringing in a policy forcing drivers to use their dipped headlights at all times.

The Manx Electricity Authority will be the subject of a special motion before Tynwald regarding its £120 million in unlawful loans and Michael MHK David Cannan is due to ask a question on the subject before it’s discussed.

He is also due to ask the final question on the paper about how much the investigation into energy prices cost the government.

(Picture: The legislative buildings in Douglas, from manxscenes.com).

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