The Office of the Clerk of Tynwald has hosted a study visit by Andrew Mylne, a clerk to the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Mylne, who is currently head of the Non-Executive Bills Unit and has developed an interest in the procedures and practices of Crown dependencies, had expressed a wish to return to the Isle of Man following his participation in the Clerks’ and Chief Executives’ conference hosted by the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office in September 2011.
The programme for Mr Mylne’s visit, which lasted from June 25th to June 28th, included a courtesy call on the President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian MLC, meetings with the clerks of Tynwald, attending a number of select committees, assisting during a sitting of the House of Keys and observing the Legislative Council in session. The visit also provided an opportunity to learn of Tynwald’s voice recognition transcription technology from senior Hansard editor Ian Faulds and to meet head of Tynwald Information Service Joann Corkish.
A keen cyclist Mr Mylne was also able to observe an evening junior cycling session at the National Sports Centre.
Mr Mylne said: ‘My study visit allowed for some useful officer-to-officer networking opportunities and provided a valuable “behind the scenes” insight into how the clerks of Tynwald support the business of parliament and serve the Members. I was also most impressed with the new Tynwald website and I look forward to sharing experiences and knowledge with the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald on future occasions.’
Clerk of Tynwald Roger Phillips said: ‘We were pleased to welcome Mr Mylne back to the Legislative Buildings and that he found his study visit beneficial. Visits such as this are also of benefit to our office, as we find they offer a different perspective on our operation, from which we, too, can learn. The Manx parliamentary system is one that attracts keen interest from parliamentarians the world over and against this background Tynwald will always be keen to foster inter-parliamentary links.’