Isle of Man attorney chamber suspension costs revealed

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The cost of covering for two members of staff, one of them the Isle of Man's attorney general, is estimated to be in the region of £200,000 a year.

The figures were given in the March sitting of Tynwald when it was revealed two employees are currently under suspension.

Chief Minister Allan Bell said both are being investigated on "complex issues".

He confirmed that on top of the salaries being paid, personnel cover was costing about £200,000 per year.

Mr Bell said: "Every effort is being made to progress the disciplinary processes as quickly as possible."

He added: "For reasons which it would not be appropriate for me to disclose, both these cases are being investigated outside Chambers and so I cannot say what the likely time scale is for each case before they reach a conclusion."

The Isle of Man's attorney general, Stephen Harding, was suspended in 2012.

He became attorney general in April 2011 and has been temporarily replaced by John Quinn.

The government has not confirmed the identity of the second suspended member of staff.

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