The Lord Speaker's work
The Lord Speaker's work includes presiding over the House on the Woolsack, meeting members and staff of both Houses, acting as an ambassador for the House with international guests, and chairing the House of Lords Commission.
Meetings and other engagements
In a normal working week, the Lord Speaker presides over proceedings in the House of Lords Chamber, usually at Question Time and the start of the day's main business. Outside the Chamber, the majority of his time is occupied by meetings with members and staff of both Houses.
He meets with key members of the House of Lords on a routinely scheduled basis, including the leaders of the four main groups, the Chief Whip, the Chairman of Committees, and the panel of Deputy Speakers. He also has regular meetings with the Speaker of the House of Commons, and meets frequently with other members of both Houses on an ad hoc basis.
He has regular meetings with officials working for the House of Lords and for Parliament's shared services.
For the purposes of clarity and ease of reference, the Lord Speaker only publishes details of meetings and other engagements that fall outside these categories.
Overseas representative travel:
The Lord Speaker represents the House of Lords at parliamentary conferences and on bilateral visits to parliaments overseas. It is sometimes necessary for one of the House's other officeholders to deputise for the Lord Speaker on these visits.
Photo: House of Lords 2016 / Photography by Roger Harris