TYNWALD has introduced a revamped website.
More than 25,000 documents are now searchable, from the very latest committee proceedings to Hansard reports – that is, the reports recording what is said in the branches of Tynwald – right from the year 1887 to the present day.
The old website was designed 11 years ago and it was maintained by an external company.
The cost of the revamp was £13,500 but, because the website will be maintained in-house, the move will save £8,300 a year.
Jonathan King, the Deputy Clerk of Tynwald, said the revamped website had been designed largely in-house with support from a local company, Scorch.
He said the site was easier to use and included a detailed business section that allows a search of all legislative business since 2008 by date, type, member and chamber.
The site now also includes details of all parliamentary committees and reports on their proceedings.
In the future, the website might also include audio-visual coverage of sittings and committee hearings.
Its information for visitors and schools has been upgraded and there are links to RSS feeds and the Tynwald Twitter feed.
The Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan MHK said: ‘The launch of the new website represents a milestone in the way the Manx parliament is presented to a local and global online audience.
‘The site also demonstrates how Tynwald is embracing advances in technology, such as our world-class Hansard vocal recognition system.
‘Now, thanks to the enhanced functionality of the new site, Hansard transcripts of the late 1880s are now as easily searchable as those from the present day.
‘At the heart of parliamentary democracy is transparency.
‘The new Tynwald website supports this by providing ease of access to the fine detail of the business of Manx legislation.
‘It also serves as a valuable tool with which to showcase our unique parliamentary heritage and, in so doing, promote the Isle of Man to the wider world.’
The address of the revamped website is www.tynwald.org.im