Date of the next ‘Roamin’ CoMin’ public meeting has been confirmed.
Peel Centenary Centre will host the Council of Ministers’ next community meeting on Tuesday October 22.
It takes place a week after the start of the new parliamentary year, when Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK will outline his priorities for 2013-14 in a statement to Tynwald.
Aims of Mr Bell’s administration, and a range of other national issues, will be up for discussion in Peel as CoMin continues its second round of regional meetings.
Mr Bell says that giving island residents an opportunity to meet Ministers face-to-face helps to build on a wide range of initiatives aimed at making government more open and accountable.
The Chief Minister said: ‘Open government is part of an effective democracy. People must have adequate access to the information on which government business is based, and Ministers have a duty to explain their policies, decisions and actions to the public.
‘He added: ‘A big part of our communication with the Manx public is also about listening to people’s opinions, ideas and concerns.
‘That is why the community meetings are so effective, and I am looking forward to another open and honest exchange of views when we return to Peel in October.’
The Manx government has pledged to introduce a draft Freedom of Information Bill by the end of the year.
Martin Rosenbaum from the BBC will give a presentation on ‘FoI - What the Isle of Man is missing’ at a meeting organised by the Positive Action Group tonight (Monday) at the Manx Legion Club, Douglas, at 7.30pm.
Members of the public currently have the option to request information via the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Mr Bell insisted: ‘A great deal has been done in recent times to make more information available.
However, there is always the need to respect confidentiality, as governments everywhere also have a duty to protect the privacy of individuals and organisations in certain well-defined circumstances.
‘The government and its public servants have a good track record of responding positively to public requests for information and we currently have in place a robust Code of Practice which works very well.’