17th February
Another full day in Tynwald Court. Started with questions and queries on how often Harbour safety is reviewed. We are assured this is daily, weekly and monthly following the recent tragedy but it was pointed out that Harbours were built for access to Ships and will ultimately never be 100% risk free.

Further teasing out of the Steam Packet debt which now remains at round £105,000,000 after right down of £100,000,000 estimates of the cost to customers anywhere between £1,250,000 and £3,000,000 per year.

A topical question on the Meat Plant and whether it intended trading as a retail business, something a number of Farmers and Wholesalers have broached with me, we are assured that retail ready packaging does not mean retail. Apparently 70% of our meat is now imported so there is definitely scope for locally produced produce.

The main order paper included a relaxation on gaming machine limits to £500, confirmation of the relaxation of work permits for ICT workers, legal vires for the pupil database, smoking in cars with young children now an offence, an enabling motion backed by Treasury for legislation to allow a Manx Credit Union and finally a long debate on whether the Dependability Limited Assessments for Personal Mobility Allowance are fit for purpose – the result a referral for a month to the relevant Department to review procedures.

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