The Senior Deputy Speaker deputises for the Lord Speaker. The first Senior Deputy Speaker is Lord McFall of Alcluith, who was appointed on 21 July 2016 and took up office on 1 September 2016.
What does the Senior Deputy Speaker do?
The Senior Deputy Speaker has a number of duties:
- He is the spokesperson in the House for the House of Lords Commission. All parliamentary business relating to the Services Committee and Finance Committee is submitted to the Senior Deputy Speaker who may assign responsibility for answering written questions or debates to the relevant committee chairman
- He is empowered to act in the absence of the Lord Speaker, for example to recall the House during a period of adjournment.
- He is chairman of the:
o Privileges and Conduct Committee
o Procedure Committee
o Liaison Committee
o Committee of Selection
By agreement with the Usual Channels, he can propose members of the Lords to fill casual vacancies on select committees.
- He has general supervision and control over private bills and hybrid measures.
- He chairs the Freedom of Information Panel.
Contact the Senior Deputy Speaker
The Lord McFall of Alcluith
House of Lords
Phone: 020 7219 6000