British Irish Parliamentary Assembly
The British Irish Parliamentary Assembly was originally established in 1990 as the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body with representatives from the Houses of Parliament and the Houses of the Oireachtas. In 2001 the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly, Tynwald Court and the States of Guernsey and Jersey joined and in 2008 the organisation was renamed.
The Hon Juan Watterson SHK is the Tynwald member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and Mr John Wannenburgh MHK is the Associate Member.
The assembly meets bi-annually at different venues in Britain and Ireland. In November 2010 the Assembly held its 41st Plenary Conference in the Isle of Man. Members engage in non-legislative parliamentary activities and have four Committees which meet more frequently.
Visit the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly website for more information about the organisation and its work.