First House of Keys sitting after the short Easter recess. Some 25 oral questions and it was obvious that we were not going to get through them all as we are time limited. No less than 9 of these were from Mr Karran and some of these had already been answered in the Keys or Tynwald as earlier questions. For instance a question over fuel poverty which has been discussed in some detail in the past.

A question from Mr Cannan to the Health Minister revealed that whilst average UK awaiting times in A&E are 4 hours or under, in Nobles over the last 3 years the average has increased from 2hr 36mins to 3hr 6mins currently, although this is very dependent on work load and time of day.

Core business included an easy amendment to the Police (Amendment) Bill 2016, which extended Police authority to Special Constables.

Leave to introduce a private members Bill to govern the process of corporatisation of public sector entities, very topical in view of the possible Post
Office corporatisation to be discussed in Tynwald next week.

Considerations of clauses the Local Government and Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2016 which tidied up the definition of rating in unoccupied dwellings.

Finally National Health and Care Service Bill 2016 clauses and amendments, those relating to a maintenance of a charter were added to the Bill but a new clause to establish a regulatory authority in addition to the present and proposed checks and balances was defeated in the absence of information on the cost of such an authority and its appropriateness to an island population of around 85,000 people.

Lunchtime saw a DED (Department of Economic Development) briefing on the Governance Structure for the IOM Post Office in preparation for the corporatisation debate next Tuesday.

Late afternoon to the Sea Ferry Terminal for the SSSWG (Strategic Sea Services Working Group) whose work is nearly complete and it is hoped recommendations will go before Tynwald in May and July.