Tynwald was the setting for the 2014 British-Irish Parliamentary Reporting Association symposium.
Officers from the parliaments and assemblies of Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, the UK and Wales joined the Isle of Man’s Hansard team over three days to discuss best practice and innovation in parliamentary reporting.
Topics generating lively discussion included transcription using voice recognition, the growing demand for open data, managing the march of technology and the role played by BIPRA members in ‘editing history’.
Tynwald’s head of Hansard Ellen Callister explained: ‘Holding the annual BIPRA conference here in the Isle of Man has been a real honour for us. Each jurisdiction takes it in turns to organise the event – the last time we held it here was 10 years ago, centring around Tynwald Day 2004. The opportunity for us to meet our counterparts in other jurisdictions is invaluable; we hope our guests have enjoyed it as much as we have.’
House of Lords Hansard managing editor Hywel Evans said the three-day event had provided a valuable opportunity ‘to discuss matters with fellow professionals we don’t usually get to meet with in groups’. He thanked Tynwald for arranging a ‘brilliantly hosted’ symposium that had been ‘a terrific experience.’