Reducing of Lieutenant Governor’s powers

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TYNWALD has paved the way for more of the Lieutenant Governor’s legal functions to be transferred to other parts of government, primarily the Council of Ministers.

A report recommending legislation which would erode some of the powers, now widely seen as colonial, was tabled in Tynwald this week by Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK.

Functions that would go include the power to designate areas as bird sanctuaries and the power to declare a state of national emergency because of war, threatened war or international disturbance.

Many powers and duties will be left with the governor, including the duty to preside at Tynwald Day and the power to appoint deputy or acting coroners of inquests.

Members voting for the report’s recommendations were 19 in the House of Keys and eight in the Legislative Council. No members voted against.

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