QUESTIONS to be asked in this week’s sitting of the House of Keys will range from the purchase of shares in Pinewood Shepperton film studios to the Disability Discrimination Act and planning applications.
Douglas South MHK Kate Beecroft (LibVan) will ask five of the seven questions put down for oral answer, four of them focusing on the Pinewood Shepperton deal.
First of the questions is for Treasury Minister Eddie Teare, querying whether the 9.89 per cent shareholding in Pinewood Shepperton guarantees the Treasury representation on the studio’s board.
Mrs Beecroft also wants to know the process used by Treasury to select Steve Christian to represent the Treasury as a board director of Pinewood Shepperton and whether or not he can be dismissed from that position or removed from the board of directors without the consent of the government or Treasury.
Her final question on the Pinewood Shepperton deal focuses on dividends. Mrs Beecroft wants to know when the studios last declared a dividend and what its dividends policy is.
The spotlight will also fall on the Chief Minister Allan Bell when Mrs Beecroft asks him for an update on the progress made on implementing and enforcing the Disability Discrimination Act.
Remaining questions for this week are from Onchan MHK Zac Hall and Michael MHK Alfred Cannan.
Mr Hall will ask the Chief Minister how closely the Government’s October 2012 statement of priorities matches those of its general election manifesto and the policies of members of the Council of Ministers. He also wants to know when and how the Council of Ministers agreed the content of the Statement on Government’s priorities.
Finally Mr Cannan is to ask the Minister of Infrastructure David Cretney MHK what guidance is given to his officers about written or verbal communication between them and parties making planning applications.
Mr Hall also has a further 16 out of 18 questions submitted for written answer.
He wants to know the cost in 2006 and 2012 of engaging the Structure and Scope Review team and he has also requested a break-down of the salaries paid to staff in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Other questions relate to topics including NHS waiting lists, dilapidated housing and a meeting between the Department of Infrastructure and the Steam Packet Company.
Mrs Beecroft has further questions for written answer.
She wants the Treasury Minister to provide a list of films made when the Media Development Fund was under the management of CinemaNX. The details should include the name of the film, the original budget, the actual cost, the names of the co-funding parties on each film and their actual contribution, the net gain or loss and a breakdown of the recoupment figure for each film.
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