Tynwald Standards and Members' Interests
Committee Members

The Hon J P Watterson SHK 
Committee Chair​(eo)

Mrs D H P Caine MHK 

Committee Member

Mr T M Crookall MHK 

Committee Member

Mr R W Henderson
Committee Member

Dr M E K Haywood MHK 
Committee Member

Mr R J Mercer MLC 

Committee Member


​​News: Legislative Council 26 Oct 2021 - Mr Henderson and Mr Mercer elected as Members of the Committee.

News: House of Keys 12 Oct 2021 - Mrs Caine, Mr Crookall and Dr Haywood elected as Members of the Committee.

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For enquiries or to submit written evidence please contact:

Dr Jonathan King 
Clerk to the Committee
Legislative Buildings
Finch Road
Isle of Man
Tel: 01624 685500
Email: committees@tynwald.org.im

The Committee reserves the right to publish any evidence sent to it in the absence of any agreement that the evidence will be confidential.

Committee Remit

Tynwald Standing Orders

1.  There shall be a Standing Committee of the Court on Standards and Members’ Interests.

2.  The Committee shall be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Keys, and composed of the Members of the Management and Members’ Standards Committee of the Keys, and two Members of the Council elected by that Branch.

2A.  Notwithstanding any other provisions in Standing Orders, the quorum of the Standards and Members’ Interests Committee shall be three.

3.  The Committee shall consider and may report upon any matter that may from time to time be referred to the Committee by the Court, or by a Member, which relates to the conduct of a Member.

3A.  Tynwald may, on the recommendation of the Committee, require a Member to apologize for inappropriate conduct. In cases where a Member refuses to do so, or apologizes in a way which is unacceptable in the view of the President, the Member should be suspended until he/she complies properly with the Order of Tynwald.166

4.  No matter shall be considered under paragraph 3 above which concerns words used in proceedings in Tynwald, or the meaning or implication of such words unless:

(i) immediate objection to them has been taken under Standing Order 3.32(1) by the Member about whom the words have been used, and

(ii) the President, after receiving a request from that Member, has decided in all the circumstances that it is appropriate exceptionally to bring the matter to the Committee’s attention, or

(iii) the President, after receiving a request from that Member who was absent from the Chamber when the words in question were used and who could not have taken objection to them under Standing Order 3.32(1), has decided in all the circumstances that it is appropriate exceptionally to bring the matter to the Committee’s attention.

5.  The Committee shall also consider and report on such standards and such privileges of the Court and of Members as have been, or in the future should be, recognised as necessary and desirable for the proper and effective discharge of the duties of the Court of Tynwald and its Members.

6.  The Registrar of Members’ Interests shall maintain a Register, to be known as the Register of Members’ Interests.

7.  The Committee shall from time to time, and subject to the approval of Tynwald, establish rules for the Register of Members’ Interests, specifying the type of interests which must be registered, the manner in which the Register is to be kept, the time limits within which a Member must notify changes to it and the circumstances in which it is to be open to inspection by the public.

8.  The Clerk of Tynwald shall be the Registrar of Members’ Interests and shall be responsible to the Committee for maintaining the Register and for giving effect to the rules referred to in paragraph (7) above.