Council of Ministers of the Isle of Man
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The Council of Ministers (Manx: Coonseil ny Shirveishee) is the principal executive organ of the Isle of Man Government. Its role is similar to, though not identical with, that of the Cabinet in the United Kingdom. Until 1990 its title was the Executive Council.
The Executive Council, chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and including members of Tynwald, was established in 1949, and gradually thereafter became the effective government of the Island. The Lieutenant Governor ceased to chair the Executive Council in 1980, being replaced by a chairman elected by Tynwald, and the Council was reconstituted in 1985 to include the chairmen of the eight principal Boards of Tynwald; in 1986 they were given the title 'Minister' and the chairman was styled 'Chief Minister'. In 1990 the Council was renamed the 'Council of Ministers'.
The Council of Ministers consists of the Chief Minister and not more than nine ministers, all of whom must be members of Tynwald. The Chief Minister is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor on the nomination of Tynwald, and the ministers are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, acting on the advice and with the concurrence of the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister assigns a minister to each department of the Isle of Man Government.
Current membership (until 31 March 2014)
- Chief Minister – Hon Allan Bell MHK
- Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure – Hon Chris Robertshaw MHK
- Minister for Economic Development – Hon John Shimmin MHK
- Minister for Education and Children – Hon Tim Crookall MHK
- Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture - Hon Phil Gawne MHK
- Minister for Health – Hon Howard Quayle MHK
- Minister for Home Affairs – Hon Juan Watterson MHK
- Minister for Infrastructure - Hon Laurence Skelly MHK
- Minister for Social Care – Hon Howard Quayle MHK
- Minister for the Treasury – Hon Eddie Teare MHK
Meetings are attended by:
- HM Acting Attorney General: John Quinn
- Chief Financial Officer: Malcolm Crouch
- Chief Secretary: Will Greenhow
- Press relations officer: Alistair Ramsay
- Secretary to the Council
Historical and current composition of Executive Council / Council of Ministers
Structure of the Council of Ministers effective from 1 April 2014
Structure of the Council of Ministers from 1 April 2010 - 31 March 2014
Structure of the Executive Council / Council of Ministers from 16 December 1986 - 31 March 2010
1. Formerly Department of Industry - renamed Department of Trade and Industry on 1 July 1996 (?).
2. Formerly Department of Highways, Ports and Properties - renamed Department of Transport on 1 January 1995 (?), with the Department's properties function transferring to the Department of Local Government and the Environment.
3. Formerly Department of Tourism and Transport - renamed Department of Tourism, Leisure and Transport on 1 October 1990 (?), and again renamed the Department of Tourism and Leisure on 1 January 1995 (?).
Prior to 1 October 1990 the Council of Ministers was called Executive Council.
- Executive Council (Commonwealth countries)
- Executive Council of the Isle of Man
- Isle of Man Government
- Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1980
- Constitution (Executive Council) Act 1984
- Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1986
- Council of Ministers Act 1990
- Council of Ministers Act 1990 sections 2 and 3
- Council of Ministers Act 1990 section 5
- Government Departments Act 1987 - Department of Trade and Industry Order 1996. (SD No. 321/96)
- Government Departments Act 1987 - Department of Transport Order 1994. (SD No. 486/94)
- Government Departments Act 1987 - Transfer of Functions (Properties) Order 1994. (SD No. 485/94)
- Government Departments Act 1987 - Department of Tourism, Leisure and Transport Order 1990
- Government Departments Act 1987 - Department of Tourism and Leisure Order 1994. (SD No. 487/94)
- Council of Ministers Act 1990
- Isle of Man Government website - Council of Ministers
- http://mhkstheyworkforyou.org/default.aspx Access to work & info of members of Tynwald