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Much of the detailed work of Tynwald happens in Committees.

What does a committee do?

A committee considers policy issues, scrutinises the work and expenditure of the government, and investigates any other matters referred to it. Matters before a committee can be explored to a level of detail which would not be possible during the normal business of a sitting.

Committees may be appointed by Tynwald or the Branches to consider any matter. There are two main types of Committee:

Standing Committees

Constituted under statute, Standing Orders or resolution, standing committees have a continuing remit. These include the Public Accounts Committee and the Policy Review Committees. The Public Accounts Committee focusses on financial matters relating to Government Departments or statutory body and public expenditure. Each of the Policy Review Committees scrutinises the Government’s work and implemented policies in its particular area.  Most Standing Committees are required to report to the Tynwald annually at an agreed sitting and at other times if they consider it necessary.

Select Committees

Select Committees are appointed by Tynwald or the Branches to enquire into matters specially referred to them. This includes Bill Committees, which can be appointed after the Second Reading in either Branch to examine particular aspects of a Bill. A select committee ceases to exist on fulfilling its remit.  

Link to Order Papers Find out about the work of current Committees .

Link to Tynwald Companion - Order Papers Read more about Committees.