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What the administration does

Together the House of Lords Commission, the House of Lords Management Board and the Clerk of the Parliaments provide corporate leadership for the House of Lords.

The main aim of the administration is to support and strengthen the House and its members in carrying out their parliamentary functions, by:

  • providing effective services to facilitate the work of the House
  • promoting public understanding of the House of Lords and engagement with its work
  • making Parliament safer, more secure and sustainable

The House of Lords Commission considers and sets strategy issues, the House of Lords Management Board is responsible for strategic delivery and the Clerk of the Parliaments has responsibility for managing and delivering services in the House of Lords.

House of Lords Commission

The House of Lords Commission provides high-level strategic and political direction for the House of Lords administration on behalf of the House.

The Commission is supported by the Finance Committee and the Services Committee.

Management Board

The Management Board is the body responsible for decisions about the delivery of services in the House of Lords. The directors of the main functions in the House of Lords make up the Management Board.

Clerk of the Parliaments

As chair of the Management Board, Accounting Officer, Corporate Officer, as well the House's chief procedural adviser, the Clerk of the Parliaments heads the administration in the House of Lords – carrying out the responsibilities of the chief executive of the House.



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