Tynwald, Isle of Man
Oldest parliament in the world
Dating back over 1,000 years to the time of the Vikings, the High Court of Tynwald is the oldest parliament in the world in continuous existence and the only tricameral parliament in the Commonwealth.
Tynwald has two branches: the lower 24-Member House of Keys, directly elected by the people of the Island; and the upper Legislative Council, of which eight Members are indirectly elected and three sit ex officio. These two branches sit separately each Tuesday to formally question the Government and to consider primary legislation for the island.
The Hansard team comprises six members of staff, producing verbatim reports for all three Chambers and for committee oral evidence hearings. Their work involves digital recording, electronic logging, webcasting and Twitter feed, and editing an accurate transcript using ASR-produced text for online publication.
We work closely with several other small jurisdictions. We draft Hansard reports for their assemblies and committees as part of our international Hansard services.
How it works
Once a month, the House of Keys and the Legislative Council come together as Tynwald Court, sitting for up to three days, including evenings. Members approve secondary legislation, and keep a check on Government activity through oral and written questioning and policy debate.
On 5 July at St John’s, Tynwald sits in the open air for Tynwald Day. Acts passed during the parliamentary year are promulgated to the public from Tynwald Hill in both English and Manx Gaelic.
There are several standing committees for the three Chambers, and select committees are regularly set up to investigate specific issues.