Many Questions

Tynwald is back again tomorrow and there is, as ever, a long list of questions for Ministers.

Cannabis

The most eye-catching questions come from Garff MHK Daphne Caine, who is seeking updates on the island’s position on cannabis. Mrs Caine is going to ask Health Minister David Ashford: ‘What plans his department has to seek an amendment of the law to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug?’

And: ‘What progress has been made with enabling the prescription of cannabis for medicinal use on the Island; and what GP engagement there has been on this?’

She will also ask Home Affairs and Justice Minister Graham Cregeen: ‘If he will make a statement on his Department’s work reviewing the current laws relating to controlled drugs, with special reference to cannabis?’

Covid

With that shadow of Covid-19 continuing to hang over our island, Onchan MHK Julie Edge is asking the Chief Minister: ‘If he will establish an independent review of the Covid-19 outbreak that was linked to a case among the workers of the Steam Packet?’

Ms Edge will also ask HQ: ‘What delays there were in reporting the Kent Covid-19 variant present on the island and updating the symptoms list; and what the reasons for any such delays were?’

Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Jason Moorhouse will ask the Chief Minister: ‘What plans the Council of Ministers has to introduce (a) support bubbles and (b) other support mechanisms to help single-person households deal with the challenge of lockdown?’

Ms Edge will also ask various questions relating to when the Kent variant was first identified in the island, and what advice Education Minister Dr Allinson received when the first known case of the latest Covid-19 cluster was identified in a school?

Roads

LegCo member Bill Henderson MLC has questions for DoI Minister Tim Baker including: ‘What plans he has to propose a change in the law whereby drivers who cause death or serious injury whilst (a) using a mobile phone or (b) being under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face a maximum life sentence?

‘When his department intends to reconstruct the main arterial routes into Douglas as part of its phased programme of key road infrastructure renewal and upgrade?

And: ‘When his department intends to make regulations that will make drivers of motor vehicles use dipped beam headlights if the vehicle is not fitted with automatic daytime running lights?’

Order Paper

  • You can read the rest of the question paper here

  • And the order paper for this month’s sitting can be found here

  • A supplementary order paper can be found here

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