Clerk Assistant

The Clerk of the House is assisted in the office's roles and responsibilities, particularly at the Table of the House, by the Clerk Assistant.

The Clerk Assistant sits in the central place at the Table of the House, on the immediate left of the Clerk of the House. Although the first appointment to the post dates from 1640, the need for assistance to the Clerk seems to have been felt much earlier, when the House permitted the Clerk's "man" to enter the Chamber and help out his master at the Table.

Today the Clerk Assistant assists the Clerk in the full range of duties at the Table and, under the Clerk's direction, has certain senior administrative responsibilities.

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