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Clerk of the Parliaments' Office

The Clerk of the Parliaments is head of the House of Lords Administration. He is Accounting Officer, Corporate Officer and chairs the Lords Management Board. He is also the Chief Procedural Adviser to the House.

Simon Burton is the current Clerk of the Parliaments.

Photo of Simon Burton sat at a desk in the House of Lords

The Clerk of the Parliaments' Office provides a range of services supporting these responsibilities including internal audit, information compliance and internal communications. The Clerk Assistant and Reading Clerk are part of the office and also members of the House of Lords Management Board. The Clerk Assistant is responsible to the Board for parliamentary services; the Reading Clerk is responsible for corporate services.

The Clerk of the Parliaments' Office also provides support for the Lord Speaker, the House of Lords Commission and Finance and Services Committees as well as support for a number of Parliament-wide and Administration-wide project boards.

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