Isle of Man Government

The Isle of Man Government ( Manx : Reiltys Ellan Vannin ) is the government of the Isle of Man . The Lieutenant Governor , representing Queen Elizabeth II , Lord of Mann . The chiefexecutive is the Chief Minister .

Douglas , the largest town on the Isle of Man, is its capital and seat of government , where most government offices and the parliament chambers ( Tynwald ) are located.

The Civil Service has more than 2,000 employees and the public service, teachers, nurses, police, etc. is about 9,000. This is somewhat more than 10% of the population of the Island, and a full 23% of the working population. This does not include any military forces, which is the responsibility of the Lord of Mann, which provides defense to the HM Armed Forces from the United Kingdom .

Government structure

The Government consists of 7 departments, 9 statutory boards, 5 offices, and 9 other quasi-independent agencies (Public Lottery Trust, Manx Heritage Foundation, Arts Council, Sports Council, Swimming Pool Authorities, Local Government, Planning Authority, Health and Safety Executive Authority, Road Transport and Licensing Committee) reporting to the Council of Ministers . The departments report directly to the Council of Ministers.

  • Council of Ministers
    • General Registry
    • Attorney General’s Chambers
    • Information Commissioner
    • Manx Industrial Relations Service
  • Office Office
    • Public Services Commission
  • Treasury
    • Financial Services Authority
    • Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
    • Public Sector Pensions Authority
    • Public Lottery Trust
  • Department of Home Affairs
    • Communications Commission
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Department of Education and Children out of date ]
    • Manx Heritage Foundation
    • Arts Council
    • Sports Council
    • Swimming Pool Authorities
  • Department of Economic Development out of date ]
    • Isle of Man Post Office
    • Office of Fair Trading
    • Manx National Heritage
  • Department of Infrastructure
    • Manx Utilities Authority
    • Local Government
    • Planning Committee
    • Health and Safety Executive Authority
    • Road Transport and Licensing Committee
  • Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture

Personal Government

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Cabinet Office

  • Chief Minister and Minister for the Cabinet Office – Hon. Howard Quayle MHK
  • Minister for Policy and Reform – Hon. Chris Thomas MHK
  • Chief Secretary : Will Greenhow
    • Public Services Commission
      • Chairman: Minister for Policy and Reform
      • Secretary: Jon Callister


  • The Treasury
    • Minister for the Treasury Shirveishagh Tashtee : Hon. Alf Cannan MHK
    • Chief Financial Officer : Sheila Lowe
  • Department of Economic Development (renamed the Department for Enterprise ( Rheynn Gastid Dellal ) in November 2017 under Statutory Document No. 2017/0325)
    • Minister for Economic Development Shirveishagh his Lhiasaghey Tarmaynagh : Hon. Laurence Skelly MHK
    • Chief Executive Officer : Chris Corlett
  • Department of Home Affairs
    • Minister for Home Affairs Shirveishagh his Cooishyn Sthie : Hon. William Malarkey MHK
    • Chief Executive Officer : Mark Kelly
  • Department of Education and Children (renamed the Department of Education, Sport and Culture ( Rheynn Ynsee Spoyrt have Cultoor ) in November 2017 under Statutory Document No. 2017/0325)
    • Minister for Education and Children Shirveishagh his Ynsee as Paitchyn : Hon. Graham Cregeen MHK
    • Chief Executive Officer : Professor Ronald Barr
  • Department of Health and Social Care
    • Minister for Health and Social Care Shirveishagh his Slaynt as Kiarail y Theay : Hon. Kate Beecroft MHK
    • Chief Executive Officer : Dr. Malcolm Couch
  • Department of Infrastructure
    • Minister for Infrastructure Shirveishagh his Bun-troggalys : Hon. Ray Harmer MHK
    • Chief Executive Officer : Nick Black
  • Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
    • Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture Shirveishagh his Chymmyltaght, Bee as Eirinys : Hon. Geoffrey Boot MHK
    • Chief Executive Officer : Richard Lole

Statutory Boards

  • Office of Fair Trading
    • Chair: David Quirk MHK
  • Financial Services Authority
    • Chair: Geoff Karran
    • Chief Executive: Karen Badgerow
  • Isle of Man Post Office
    • Chair: Ray Harmer MHK
    • Chief Executive: Mike Kelly
  • Manx Utilities Authority
    • Chair: Alfred Cannan MHK
    • Chief Executive:
  • Gambling Supervision Commission
    • Chair: Jon Allen
    • Chief Executive: Steve Brennan
  • Public Sector Pensions Authority
    • Chair: Jerry Carter
    • Chief Executive: Ian Murray


  • General Registry
    • Chief Registrar : Stephen Cregeen
  • Attorney General’s Chambers
    • HM Attorney General : John Quinn
  • Isle of Man Data Protection Supervisor
    • Data Protection Supervisor : Iain McDonald
  • Communications Commission
    • Chair: Juan Watterson MHK ( Minister of Home Affairs ex-officio)
    • Communication Commissioner: Dr. Carmel McLaughlin
  • Manx Museum and National Trust (commonly known as Manx National Heritage )
    • Chair: Tony Pass
    • National Heritage Director: Edmund Southworth
  • Commission Information
    • Information Commissioner: Iain McDonald

Other Agencies

  • Culture Vannin (Manx Heritage Foundation)
    • Chair: Hon. Phil Gawne MHK
    • Director: Dr. Breesha Maddrell
  • Arts Council
    • Chair: Geoff Corkish MBE MLC
  • Isle of Man Sport
    • Chair: Geoff Karran
  • Road Transport and Licensing Committee
    • Chair: Hon. Juan Watterson MHK
    • Secretary: Noel Capewell
  • Swimming Pool Authorities
    • various
  • Local Government
    • various

Functions of government

The structures and functions of the Departments were re-organized with effect from 1 April 2010. The existing Departments, except the Treasury and the Departments of Education and Home Affairs, were dissolved, and the Department of Education was renamed the Department of Education. Children „. [1] The Departments and their functions are now

  • Treasury
    • taxation, internal audit, currency, census, elections
  • Department of Community, Culture and Leisure
    • passenger transport, culture, sport and recreation
  • Department of Economic Development
    • tourism, employment, merchant shipping, civil aviation, trade, industry, intellectual property, companies, information technology, e-business, financial services
  • Department of Education and Children
    • education
  • Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
    • agriculture, fisheries, animal health and welfare, plant health, food safety, burial and cremation, water pollution, environmental health, medicinal products
  • Department of Health
    • health services
  • Department of Home Affairs
    • police, fire services, prisons, probation, emergency planning, civil defense
  • Department of Infrastructure
    • local government, road traffic, highways, harbors, airports, health and safety at work, planning and conservation, building control, waste disposal, public utilities, mines and minerals, licensing and registration of vehicles
  • Department of Social Care
    • social services, social security, mental health, social housing

Brief history

Lieutenant Governor

The Governor (or Lieutenant Governor ), who was the representative of the Lord of Man, was assisted by his Council of Ministers, Archdeacon, Deemsters, Attorney General, etc.). [2] The Council evolved into the Legislative Council , upper chamber of Tynwald , the parliament of the Isle of Man.

After the Revestment in 1765 the Lieutenant Governor and his officials were the agents of the British Government , and not democratically responsible to the Manx people. Conflict between the House of Keys (popularly elected after 1866) and the Lieutenant Governor came to the head of the tenure of Lord Raglan (1902-18).

Council of Ministers

After World War I, the Lieutenant Governor , Tynwald , c.1919 , [3] 1959 [4] and 1969. [5] An Executive Council, chaired by him and other members of Tynwald, was established in 1949, and thereafter became the effective government of the Island. Finance Police and the cam under local control entre 1958 and 1976. [6] The Lieutenant Governor Ceased to chair the Executive Council in 1980 being white Replaced by a chairman Elected by Tynwald, [7] and the Council Was reconstituted in 1985 to include the chairmen of the eight main Boards; [8]in 1986 they were given the title ‚Minister‘ and the chairman was styled ‚Chief Minister‘. [9] In 1990 the Council was renamed the ‚Council of Ministers‘. [10]


During the 19th century several bodies, which are known to ‚Boards of Tynwald ‚, were created to exercise functions under democratic control. These included the Board of Education (1872), Highway Board (1874), Asylums Board (1888), Government Property Trustees (1891) and Local Government Board (1894). However, the direct taxation was levied by Tynwald , the Boards‘ freedom of action before the 1960s was limited by the Lieutenant Governor’s control of the Island’s budget and its power to supplement certain of their members.

The structure of the Boards of Tynwald, variously called ‚Statutory Boards‘ and ‚Commercial Boards‘, has become increasingly unwieldy after the 1950s, and was eventually reformed in the 1980s, when a system of ‚ministerial government‘ was set up. . [11]

The Departments and Statutory Boards which existed before the reorganization in 2010, and their predecessors, are shown below:

  • Treasury, 1985-present
    • Finance Board, 1961-1985
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 1986-2010
    • Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1946-86
      • Board of Agriculture, 1914-1946
      • Fisheries Board, 1927-1946
        • Fishery Conservators, 1882-1927
    • Forestry, Mines and Lands Board, 1950-86
      • Common Lands Board, 1915-50
        • Trustees of the Common Lands, 1866-1915
  • Department of Education, 1987-2010
    • Isle of Man Board of Education, 1946-2009 [a]
      • Board of Education, 1872-99
      • Council of Education, 1899-1946
      • Isle of Man Education Authority, 1923-68
        • Isle of Man Central Education Authority, 1920-23
  1. Jump up^ The Board continued in existence as a popularly elected body, but with reduced functions, after the Department of Education was created in 1987; it was not finally until June 2009.
  • Department of Health and Social Security, 1986-2010
    • Health Services Board, 1948-86
      • Mental Hospital Board, 1932-48
        • Asylums Board, 1888-1932
    • Board of Social Security, 1970-86
      • Board of Social Services, 1946-70
        • Health Insurance and Pensions Board, 1939-46
          • Old Age Pensions and National Health Insurance Board, 1920-39
  • Department of Transport, 2004-2010
    • Department of Highways, Ports and Properties 1986-2004
      • Isle of Man Highway and Transport Board, 1946-86
        • Highway Board, 1874-1946
          • Committee of Highways, 1776-1874
      • Isle of Man Harbor Board, 1948-86
        • Isle of Man Harbor Commissioners, 1872-1948
          • Commissioners for Harbors, 1771-1872
      • Isle of Man Airports Board, 1948-86
      • Government Property Trustees, 1891-1986
  • Department of Home Affairs, since 1986
    • Home Affairs Board, 1981-86
      • Isle of Man Police Board, 1962-81
      • Isle of Man Broadcasting Commission, 1965-81
      • Civil Defense Commission, 1955-81
  • Department of Trade and Industry, 1996-2010
    • Department of Industry, 1986-1996
      • Industry Board, 1981-86
  • Department of Local Government and the Environment, 1986-2010
    • Local Government Board, 1894-1986
  • Department of Tourism and Leisure, 1994-2010
    • Department of Tourism and Transportation, 1986-2004
      • Tourist Board, 1952-86
        • Publicity Board, 1931-52
          • Board of Advertising, 1904-31
            • Advertising Committee, 1897-1904
      • Isle of Man Passenger Transport Board, 1982-86
        • Manx Electric Railway Board, 1957-82
  • Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading, since 1998
    • Board of Consumer Affairs (1981-1998)
      • Consumer Council (1972-1981)
  • Financial Supervision Commission, since 1982
  • Insurance and Pensions Authority, since 1996
    • Insurance Authority, 1986-96
  • Isle of Man Post Office (1993)
    • Isle of Man Post Office Authority (1972-93)
  • Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority, since 2010
    • Isle of Man Water Authority (1985-2010)
      • Isle of Man Water and Gas Authority (1974-1985)
        • Isle of Man Water Authority (1972-1974)
        • Isle of Man Gas Authority (1972-1974)
        • Isle of Man Water Board (1946-1972)
  • Manx Electricity Authority, since 1983
    • Isle of Man Electricity Board (1932-1984)
  • Communications Commission (1989)
    • Telecommunications Commission (1985-1989)
  • Gambling Supervision Commission, up to present


  1. Jump up^ Transfer of Functions (New Departments) (No.2) Order 2010 (Statutory Document 155/10)[1]
  2. Jump up^ Report of the Commissioners of Inquiry for the Isle of Man, 1792
  3. Jump up^ Report of the Departmental Committee on the Constitution etc. of the Isle of Man, 1911, Cd.5950 (the ‚MacDonnell Report‘)
  4. Jump up^ Report of the Commission on the Isle of Man Constitution, 1959 (the MacDermott Report ‚)
  5. Jump up^ Report of the Joint Working Party on the Constitutional Relationship between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom, 1969 (the ‚Stonham Report‘)
  6. Jump up^ Finance Act 1958, Finance Act 1962, Police (Isle of Man) Act 1962, Governor’s Financial and Judicial Functions (Transfer) Act 1976:Statutes of the Isle of Man
  7. Jump up^ Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1980
  8. Jump up^ Constitution (Executive Council) Act 1984
  9. Jump up^ Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1986
  10. Jump up^ Council of Ministers Act 1990
  11. Jump up^ Gumbley, KFW (1988), „Government Departments and Statutory Boards“,Manx Law Bulletin , 10 : 61-73