We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

We asked for feedback in respect of 3 main policy options which will shape the first phase of legislative reform regarding the collection of civil debt. This focused on what improvements could be made to the underlying framework of how debts are recorded and made accessible, and options that would affect how debts are recovered by the coroners.    

You Said

Most respondents welcomed the proposals recognising the need for change in the areas outlined.  Some concerns were raised about the practical impact that certain changes may have. The Treasury has responded to these concerns within the feedback document. 

We Did

The Treasury has published full details of the feedback where permitted by respondents and also outlined proposed next steps.  Drafting instructions will now be progressed based on the agreed policies and a draft Bill will be brought forward for further full public consultation within the coming months. 

This initial Bill represents phase 1 of a 3 phased approach to reform all relevant underlying legislation, organisational frameworks and procedures relating to the collection of civil debts. Phase 2 will review the current coroner structure and the third phase will consider options for reviewing the existing insolvency framework.      

We Asked

For feedback on proposals to make new Regulations to give effect to the latest version of Chapter 1 to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) which regulates the survey and certification of ships.

You Said

We received no substantive comments on the proposals.

We Did

We are progressing with the Regulations and expect to submit them to Tynwald in the next few months.

We Asked

We asked for the views of the public on proposals for the next phase of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Scheme – proposals which have been designed to progress further towards eradication of BVD.

You Said

The consultation attracted 25 responses in total – 23 online and 2 via email.

The vast majority of respondents acknowledged the need for the BVD control strategy to be taken forward towards eradication. There were some concerns around potential costs and movement restrictions. Further guidance on biosecurity was strongly recommended by the respondents.

We Did

We have published a Summary of Responses to the Consultation document. Noting the feedback received, DEFA will further develop the proposed changes to the BVD Scheme.

We Asked

The Communications Commission asked for views on whether a review of internet service provider licences is necessary at this time.

You Said

We received 12 responses to our consultation. The responses we received were varied and raised useful and interesting points which require further detailed consideration by the Communications Commission.

 

We Did

We are considering further some additional points raised as part of the consultation. We are due to appoint up to 2 new Board Members in April 2018 and will aim to bring a suggested proposal to the Board after April to ensure that our newest Members can have input. 

We Asked

Our consultation paper proposed requirements for life insurers which belong to groups of which we expect to be the group supervisor. This follows the framework for group supervision which is set out in the Insurance (Amendment) Act 2017. 

You Said

We received 1 response from an interested party. 

We Did

We will now develop regulations on the basis of the proposed requirements which will be subject to consultation in due course. 

We Asked

We asked for the views of the public on the policy principles on which the new Education Bill will be based, to reflect changes in education practice both in the UK and other jurisdictions.

You Said

A total of 535 responses were received to the consultation – 528 online responses as well as 7 responses by post and email. 87% of responses were made from respondents living on the Isle of Man.

The majority of the responses were supportive of the principles proposed by the Department and most agreed with the policy principles suggested. Only questions 10 (extension of fines) and 13 (school catchment areas) elicited a more varying range of responses:

  • Q10 – 45% of respondents supported the proposal, with 53.7% either against or unsure
  • Q13 – 48% of respondents were against the proposal, with 50.6% either in favour or unsure

We Did

The Department has considered all of the comments and suggestions received as part of this consultation analysis and has produced a short paper summarising its responses and intentions in each area of the consultation. This has been added to the consultation hub alongside the 399 (permitted) full or anonymised published responses.

In view of the support for the proposals, the Department intends to proceed with drafting instructions for the new Bill using the policy principles notified at the start of the consultation process. 

This will include retention of school catchment areas in its current form for the reasons mentioned in the aforementioned responses report. However the proposal to extend the current fines provisions will be reconsidered in view of the comments made.

We Asked

We asked for the views of the public on the proposed Civil Aviation (Charges) Scheme 2018 which would revoke and replace the Civil Aviation (Charges) Scheme 2017.

You Said

There were no consultation responses.

We Did

The Scheme has been submitted to the January 2018 sitting of Tynwald for their approval.

We Asked

Our consultation paper proposed developments and enhancements to the regulatory framework in relation to General Insurance Intermediaries. It included for consideration replacement Regulations and a draft Code on conduct of business requirements for the General Insurance Intermediary sector.  

 

You Said

We received 13 responses from interested parties.

We Did

We are reviewing the responses and continuing to meet with stakeholders prior to developing our policy. We will provide feedback in due course. 

We Asked

We asked for the views of the public on the proposed content of a draft Safeguarding Bill; a Bill which has been designed to bring Safeguarding into statute, thereby strengthening the safeguarding arrangements.

You Said

The consultation attracted 31 responses in total  - 21 online responses as well as 10 responses by post and email.

Most respondents acknowledged the need for Safeguarding to be put on a statutory footing. There were some queries around the formation and make- up of the board and a small number were looking for more explanation around some of the definitions.

We Did

Full consideration has been given to the consultation responses received. Some minor amendments and development of definitions within the Bill were made before preparing the Bill for introduction to the Legislative Branches. 

First Reading - 7 November 2017

Second Reading - 14 November 2017 

Third Reading - 5 December 2017 

We Asked

As part of this consultation, the Department of Infrastructure asked a number of questions relating to the proposed work on active travel, including specific definitions, opinions on the long-term vision, the proposed initial areas of work and targets set by the Department to increase the number of people travelling actively. 

You Said

A total of 379 responses was received to the consultation. In general, many of the responses were supportive of the proposed work by the Department and agreed with most of the proposed definitions. A significant number of comments were received in relation to each of the questions asked.

We Did

All of the comments and suggestions received have been considered as part of this consultation analysis, and will be further considered by the officer group as part of the preparation of the forthcoming Active Travel Strategy and action plan. 

We Asked

Following permission in January 2017 to bring forward a private members bill, Dr Allinson asked for feedback on the draft Abortion Reform Bill between 7 August and 18 September 2017. 

You Said

3644 people responded, including submissions from medical organisations, support organisations and campaign groups.

Of these responses, 77.7% were from women, and 21.8% from men. The majority of responses to the online survey were from people who told us they were aged between 17 and 54. 93.6% of responses were from people who told us that they live in the Isle of Man and 6.3% who told us that they live elsewhere, generally in the UK and Ireland.The majority of responses were in favour of reform. 

We Did

A huge number of responses were submitted.The comments have been analysed and used to inform the development of the next draft of the Bill.  

We Asked

Our consultation paper sought views on the permanent transfer of registry and public record office functions from the General Registry to the Department for Enterprise. The functions were transferred with effect from April 2015 under delegation as an interim arrangement. 

At DfE the functions have been combined with its existing Companies Registry functions to create a new Central Registry which is responsible for a range of registers.

The Bill seeks to make legislative changes to implement the transfer permanently.

You Said

We received 11 responses.  The majority of which were courtesy responses from notified bodies, such as local authorities, not wishing to comment; or individuals asking for further background but not making comment.

One response suggested that the judicial aspects of Land Registry Legal Officer role, which is currently carried out under delegation from a Senior Court officer, required consideration within the new Central Registry structure. 

Following further consultation with the Land Registry User Group and number of suggestions where raised in regard to the registration of Deeds.

We Did

Safeguards were added to Legal Officer’s role, to explicitly maintain its independence in relation to its judicial and quasi-judicial functions. 

At the request of the Land Registry User Group minor changes for the registration of pre-emption agreements (a conditional contract) have been added for clarity and avoidance of doubt to the Registration of Deed Act 1961.

We Asked

Our consultation paper proposed the introduction of a new pension scheme which would extend pension freedoms. The document set out the main features of a proposed new scheme, posed a number of questions and invited feedback and suggestions on the proposals.

You Said

We received 68 responses from interested parties. The majority were in favour of a fully flexible scheme or a degree of pension freedom.  

We Did

Following the consultation period, we reviewed the responses and gave further consideration to the proposals in light of the comments received. Subsequently, certain features of the proposals were amended while others were retained. Legislation providing for the introduction of a new pension scheme was then drafted and formed part of the 2018 Budget. If approved by Tynwald at the February sitting, pension providers on the Island will be able to introduce the new pension scheme from 6 April 2018.

We Asked

We asked for feedback on proposed reforms to the Work Permit system, to be achieved via Secondary legislation.

You Said

The consultation received over 150 responses. The majority of respondents supported all of the Departments proposals.

Many respondents made additional comments which have been considered as the proposals have been developed further.

We Did

The Department has prepared the relevant legislation to implement proposals 1-7 as set out in the Consultation, which will be brought before Tynwald in October 2017.

It is not intended to progress proposal 8 (‘Flipping’ the work permit system) at this stage.

We Asked

For feedback on proposed amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (an Act of Parliament) as it is applied to the Island.  The amendments implement the new higher limits of liability under the Convention on Limitation of Maritime Claims (LLMC), exclude a ship owners right to limit liability under the LLMC for wreck removal and make other minor amendments.

You Said

There were 4 responses to the consultation, 3 of which made substantive comments on the proposed changes. Respondents were content with the proposals to implement the new higher limits of liability under the LLMC Convention but raised issues with the other proposals to exclude a shipowners right to limit liability under the LLMC for wreck removal and to some of the other minor changes.

We Did

We intend to proceed with the proposed amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to implement the new higher limits of liability under the LLMC but are currently considering if to proceed with the other proposed amendments.  

We Asked

We asked for the views of the public, on a number of recommendations in order to finalise the principles under which a means testing system should operate.

You Said

The consultation attracted 30 responses. The responses tended to focus on three distinct issues that did not perfectly align with the list of recommendations but were important nonetheless. They noted the desire for better information, definition of ‘means’ and the concept of social housing ought to be treated as a unique species of benefit.

We Did

We have published a Summary of Responses to the Consultation document. Noting the feedback received, Government will further develop the principles on which the means testing system could develop. 

We Asked

We asked the public for feedback including those who have direct experience of the points based system to submit their view ideas, or suggestions to help shape and inform the development of the Isle of Man's immigration routes and rules, and also understand the impact of any future development.

You Said

The consultation received 23 responses. All responses have provided thorough and informed suggestions and observations relating to the current system and areas of the Points Based Immigration Rules that are of concern to industry.

We Did

Tier 2 has been identified by this consultation as being a key route for Isle of Man employers. Taking on board all responses made in relation to the Tier 2 Route, work is underway by the Cabinet Office and Department for Enterprise to make recommendations to significantly overhaul the current Tier 2 system.

We Asked

We asked for the views of the public, the banking industry and other interested bodies on a number of key overarching policy proposals which will establish a framework for the revised Depositors’ Compensation Scheme.

You Said

The consultation attracted 12 responses. Most respondents recognised the need to amend the DCS for it to comply more fully with underlying international principles and were generally supportive of the proposals. A number of queries were also raised by respondents and it became evident that further clarification would be required in some areas.

We Did

We have published a Summary of Responses to the Consultation document.  Noting the feedback received, the Treasury will continue to develop policy which will lead not only to a revised bank DCS, but also to establish a more effective framework of governing primary legislation covering all areas of deposit insurance.

We Asked

For feedback on new Regulations to give effect to the latest international requirements for life- saving appliances and arrangements in SOLAS Chapter III.

You Said

There were 5 responses to the consultation which mainly related to the new SOLAS requirements for the testing of lifeboat and rescue boat hooks.

We Did

We clarified the requirements for the testing of lifeboat and rescue boat hooks and the new Regulations were laid before Tynwald in June 2017.