Civil Contingencies Bill 2020

Closed 2 Oct 2020

Opened 21 Aug 2020

Feedback updated 18 Nov 2020

We asked

The purpose of this consultation was to gather views regarding the Council of Minister’s proposal to introduce a Civil Contingencies Bill 2020 ─ this aims to develop new legislation to replace the Emergency Powers Act 1936, which was used during the Island’s recent response to Covid-19.

You said

36 responses were received to our survey. Cabinet Office welcomes this constructive engagement. These came from members of the public, Government Departments and members of Tynwald.

All responses received during the consultation have been considered and are assisting the further development of the legislation and operational policy before a final version of the Bill is arrived at.   

We did

We have carefully considered all the feedback received, and recommended various amendments for political decision, after which, a final version of the Bill is aimed to be progressed for further consideration.

Results updated 18 Nov 2020

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Overview

This consultation is about the development of new legislation to replace the Emergency Powers Act 1936, which was used during the Island’s recent response to Covid-19.

Broadly, ‘Civil Contingencies’ concern responses to emergencies, whether they be public health, natural, or otherwise.

The Bill moves the power to make emergency regulations from the Governor in Council [i.e. the Lieutenant Governor acting on the advice of, and with the concurrence of, the Council of Ministers] ─ to the Council of Ministers, and seeks to provide a more modern approach to emergencies, in line with the UK approach and adapted for the Isle of Man community.

Why we are consulting

A commitment was given that the draft Bill would be put out for public consultation before being taken to the Branches of Tynwald in October 2020. 

The consultation seeks views on the draft Bill, its functioning and effect, alongside comments and observations relevant to civil contingencies and emergency measures.   

Consultation process

The consultation commences on Friday 21 August 2020 and will run for a period of 6 weeks. Responses must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 2 October 2020.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Legislation
  • Policies, strategies & plans
  • Emergency planning