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A motion is a proposal, on any matter of policy or concern, made to the House by a Member. The Member putting forward the motion is known as the mover. A motion should state that Tynwald Court, the House of Keys or Legislative Council do something, order something to be done, or express an opinion with regard to some matter.  It must be phrased in such a way that, if passed, it will represent the judgment or will of the House. 

Motions are tabled in advance and appear on the Order Paper.

Link to Order Papers Order and Question Papers.

Examples of motions include:

The Hon. Member for Michael to move –

That Tynwald calls attention to the case for policies to support economic growth and to promote investment, innovation, technology and infrastructure.

The Minister for Environment, Food & Agriculture to move –

That Tynwald endorses the policy of a renewable energy target of 15% electricity generated from renewable sources by 2015.

The Hon Member for Douglas South to move -

That a Committee of three Members be appointed with powers to take written and oral evidence pursuant to sections 3 and 4 of the Tynwald Proceedings Act 1876, as amended, to investigate the feasibility of having all mobile phones (including pay as you go) issued on Isle of Man networks registered to an identified owner and to report to the October 2010 sitting of Tynwald.

The presiding officer calls on the Member to move the motion. The mover opens the debate by putting forward the reasons for the motion being proposed.  The motion has to be seconded by another Member before it can be debated. Each Member, apart from the mover, may speak only once during each motion being debated so the Member seconding may choose to wait to speak later, in which case he or she would say, ‘I beg to second and reserve my remarks’. Otherwise the Member may second and make a contribution to the debate at that point.

The motion is then debated, concluding with the mover being given the final opportunity to respond to comments made by other Members during the debate. Members finally vote on whether or not the motion should be passed.

Link to Tynwald Companion - Order Papers Read more about Motions and Amendments.

How to find out the outcome of a Motion

 Link to Order Papers Votes and Proceedings.

Link to Order Papers Hansard.

Link to Order Papers Business Search.

Link to Order Papers Parliamentary Data.