Principal Officers and staff

This section outlines a number of key roles in Parliament.

The Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Commons chairs debates between MPs.

Commons Deputy Speakers

The Commons Deputy Speakers chair debates in the absence of the Speaker.

The Lord Speaker

The Lord Speaker chairs business in the House of Lords debating chamber.

The Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor is a Cabinet minister and a member of the House of Commons.

Government and Opposition roles

Find out what Government and Opposition MPs, like the Prime Minster and Leader of the Opposition, do in Parliament.

Leader of the House of Commons

The Leader of the House of Commons organises government business in the Commons.

Whips

Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party's contribution to parliamentary business

Leader of the House of Lords

The Leader of the House of Lords organises government business in the Lords and offers advice on procedure.

Clerk of the House of Commons and Chief Executive

The Clerk of the House advises the Speaker and MPs on the formal and informal rules of the House of Commons, and manages the Commons' departments and services

Clerk of the Parliaments (Lords)

The most senior official in the House of Lords with administrative and management responsibilities.

Serjeant at Arms

The Serjeant at Arms is responsible for security and keeping order within the Commons part of the parliamentary estate

Black Rod

Black Rod is the Queen's representative on a daily basis in Parliament. He is a senior officer of the House of Lords and is responsible for security and for the organisation of ceremonial events.

Interviews

Over the next year we will be running a series of interviews with people in Parliament.

Related information

House of Commons Information Office

Contact details

Telephone enquiry service is open between 10am-12 midday and 2pm-4pm (Monday to Friday).

Publications

The HCIO produces a number of publications that include:

House of Commons on Twitter

Follow @HouseofCommons for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber.

Related information

Who's Who?

Find out who holds the other senior staff roles in Parliament.