My first full Department of Economic Development (DED) Department meeting. Many things going on in the sector most of which have commercial confidentiality attached to them. After the meeting an Officer briefing on my six delegations Clean Technology Sector, Construction Sector, Retail and other supporting Sectors, Mines and Minerals, Department of Properties Support for the Built Environment.
Press release regarding my membership of the DEFA Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.
Keys sitting – the Road Races Bill 2015 first reading, Terrorism and Crime Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2015 and Representation of the Peoples Amendment No. 2 Bill 2015 second reading, consideration of clauses in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill and Highways (Amendment Bill 2015). Despite suspension of Standing Orders to allow more oral questions we were able to complete business by lunchtime.
Attended Department of Economic Development (DED) Retail Training Committee which I Chaired. One thing that came out of this is that retail is a significant employer which needs to present a better profile to potential employees. I am arranging to try and get more courses and better vocational training more of this later.
Attended the second meeting of the Select Committee Registration of Property, good progress provisional arrangements for taking oral evidence at our next meeting.
Final meeting the Seas Services Working Group.
Attended Department of Economic Development (DED) Retail Strategy Group. Many things happening but obviously preoccupation with the busy period running up to Christmas.
An early Keys sitting, one item order paper the swearing in of our new member Jonathan Joughin for Douglas East voted in with just 156 votes in total. Not what you would call a good mandate and the result of 7 candidates and a very poor turnout.
This was followed by the Tynwald Court sitting which included a vote on payment for parking by MHKs and Senior Civil Servants which I supported. We sat until nearly 10pm but at least that freed up the following day.
I thought to bring this to people attention. Its an excellent free guide to Isle of Man food and drink now in its fifth edition. www.gov.im/foodanddrink
My first official DEFA function, the launch of ‘The Island Kitchen’ a glossy professional publication that incorporates the recipes garnered from some of our best chefs and restaurants around the Island. Highlighting all our good produce that comes with good provenance and low food miles. Lily Publications are selling the book on island for £19.50, another great Christmas present. The book is going to be marketed in the UK, another step towards recognition of our unique culture and cuisine.
Two new cookery books in two days highlighting the islands culinary skills, we seem at last to be coming of age.
Attended a Meet and Greet event in the evening to meet the senior management and residents of the Caring Homes Group who are now operating the Ballatessan Meadow Home.
Shoe Box Appeal
No, not presents for MHKs or staff but the result of the Tynwald Shoe Box Appeal being packaged up for dispatch to deprived children somewhere in the world, we will in due course find out where they end up.