Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 18-04-2018

Enough people working on legislation says Chief

by TH

Enough people working on legislation says Chief

Government has enough people working on drafting new legislation for the Isle of Man.

That's the message from the Chief Minister who says there is 'sufficient' capacity to be able to deliver the current legislative programme.

However he has warned that indications show the demand for legislation is likely to increase 'materially' in the future.

Howard Quayle was quizzed on the issue in Tynwald this week.

In a written answer he said: "Whilst great care is taken in formulating and delivering a legislative programme, the demand for legislative drafting remains difficult to predict.

"Increasingly legislation is being required urgently in response to political commitments or to implement international obligations.

"This inevitably can and occasionally does strain resources.

"So while I am satisfied that our legislative drafting capacity is currently adequate, the indications are that the demand for legislation is likely to increase materially in the future.

"For example Brexit alone is going to require a huge additional legislative effort (primary and secondary).

"I am cognisant of all this and will not hesitate to act if I consider that additional resources are needed."

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