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 Father of the House - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the House of Commons, the most important duty of the Father of the House is to preside over the election of a new Speaker, should that office be vacant at the beginning of a Parliament.
The current Father of the House of Commons is Alan Williams, Labour MP for Swansea West.
In Canada, the longest-serving member of the House of Commons (who is not a cabinet minister) is known as the Dean of the House.
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 Canadian House of Commons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Moreover, the Government of Canada is responsible solely to the House of Commons; the Prime Minister stays in office only as long as he or she retains the support of the Lower House.
The House of Commons came into existence in 1867, when the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the British North America Act, uniting the Province of Canada (which was separated into Quebec and Ontario), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single federation, called the Dominion of Canada.
The Speaker's chair is at one end of the Chamber; in front of it is the Table of the House, on which rests the ceremonial mace.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Canadian_House_of_Commons   (3903 words)

  
 Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Canada the Speaker of the House of Commons is the presiding officer of the lower house and is elected by fellow MPs.
The Speaker's role in Canada is similar to that of Speakers elsewhere in other countries that use the Westminster system (see Speaker of the House of Commons).
The Speaker's counterpart in the upper house is the Speaker of the Canadian Senate.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Speaker_of_the_Canadian_House_of_Commons   (1004 words)

  
 Canada, House of Commons, Précis of Procedure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Whenever a vacancy occurs in the membership of the House, it is the Speaker's responsibility to issue a warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer for a writ of election.
In overseeing the conduct of the House, the Speaker seeks to maintain the balance between two fundamental operating principles of Parliament: to allow the majority to secure the transaction of business in an orderly manner and to protect the right of the minority to be heard.
The Clerk of the House is the chief adviser to the Speaker and to Members of the House of Commons on all administrative and procedural matters.
www.parl.gc.ca /information/about/process/house/precis/chap1-e.htm   (2016 words)

  
 New Brunswick Broadcasting Co. v. Nova Scotia (Speaker of the House of Assembly), [1993] 1 S.C.R. 319   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Speaker of the House of Assembly ruled against the media's demands because he was of the view that they would interfere with the decorum and efficacious proceedings of the House.
Sid M. Tarrabain, Edward J. Lieber and Michael P. Ritter, for the interveners the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon.
Gale Welsh, for the intervener the Speaker of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland.
www.lexum.umontreal.ca /csc-scc/en/pub/1993/vol1/html/1993scr1_0319.html   (18095 words)

  
 Serjeant-At-Arms
In the House of Commons, the role of the Serjeant extended to include being the Housekeeper for the Commons.
The Serjeant-at-Arms is the custodian of the Mace, which is considered to be the symbol of the authority of the House and the Speaker.
The Serjeant is responsible for the security of the House of Representatives Chamber and its galleries and, in conjunction with an overall Security Controller, the (Senate) Usher of the Black Rod and the Australian Protective Service, the security of the whole of the parliamentary precincts.
www.aph.gov.au /house/dept/saa.htm   (999 words)

  
 Betty Boothroyd Speaker of the House of Commons
Betty Boothroyd Speaker of the House of Commons
Upon reaching the imposing door of the Speaker’s House you wonder whether or not you should ring the bell on the not unreasonable grounds that there is a brass plaque bearing a rather bizarre piece of advice: "Do not Ring", the visitor is warned, "Unless an Answer is Required".
This is overseen by the House of Commons Commission which I chair and which is in charge of the entire management of the Commons and to which the different Boards of Management from the various departments report on a regular basis.
www.jeremyjosephs.com /speaker.htm   (1456 words)

  
 CanadaInfo: Government: Federal: Parliament: House of Commons: Speaker
The Speaker is also the Chairman of the Board of Internal Economy which is responsible for the administration of the 1500 House of Commons employees and its annual budget which exceeds $200 million.
Moreover, the Speaker is the representative of the House of Commons in its relations with the Crown, the Senate, and authorities outside Parliament.
Milliken was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House.
www.craigmarlatt.com /canada/government/house_speaker.html   (568 words)

  
 British Politics - John Major - House of Commons - Mr Major's response to the re-election of Betty Boothroyd as Speaker ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
House of Commons - Mr Major's response to the re-election of Betty Boothroyd as Speaker of the House of Commons in May 1997
This House is a house of tradition, and it is a good tradition that in a new Parliament we meet first with a single common purpose--the election of our Speaker.
Of course, the Speaker must also tolerantly accept the patently bogus points of order that are raised from time to time, and do so with a limited air of patience.
www.johnmajor.co.uk /comm5.htm   (867 words)

  
 Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons - Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, Election of the Speaker, Ottawa: House of Commons, 1997.
Morton, Mildred, The administrative organization of the House of Commons: the role of the Speaker and the senior officers, Updated 14 January 1986 by Bruce Carson, Ottawa: Law and Government Division, Research Branch, Library of Parliament, 1986.  7 leaves.
____ "Silencing the Speaker." Maclean's 99 (Sept.15, 1986): 14‑15.
www.parl.gc.ca /information/about/people/key/SP-BL/hoc-cdc/res-e.asp   (3432 words)

  
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 BBC News | UK POLITICS | Speaker Betty Boothroyd to retire
House of Commons Speaker Betty Boothroyd is to retire at the end of the summer after eight years in the role.
Miss Boothroyd was elected Speaker in 1992 at the age of 62, after serving for five years as a deputy.
Leader of the House Margaret Beckett responded to the announcement by saying MPs had heard Miss Boothroyd's statement with "deep regret", but told her the whole House "took pride and pleasure in your Speakership".
news.bbc.co.uk /hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_830000/830497.stm   (419 words)

  
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The Speaker, currently Rt Hon Michael Martin, MP for Glasgow, Springburn, is in fact the chief officer of the House of Commons.
The Speaker is also chairman of the House of Commons Commission.
He has a number of duties concerning the functions of the House and is in control of the Commons part of the Palace of Westminster and its precincts.
www.parliament.uk /parliament/guide/speaker.htm   (186 words)

  
 SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
The speaker decides who may speak and has the powers to discipline members who break the procedures of the house.
The speaker is elected from amongst the members of the commons by the members, and no whips are allowed in the selection.
Nonetheless, a speaker from the ruling party is usually chosen.
www.websters-online-dictionary.org /definition/SPEAKER+OF+THE+HOUSE+OF+COMMONS   (124 words)

  
 House of Lords - Companion to the Standing Orders and guide to the Proceedings of the Lords   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The House is adjourned during pleasure for the Lords Commissioners to disrobe.
The first business is the confirmation, by the Lords Commissioners, of the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
If it is necessary, because of a vacancy, for a new Speaker to be chosen during a Parliament, the Commons receive a direction from the Sovereign, signified by a Minister of the Crown.
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/ld/ldcomp/compso66.htm   (699 words)

  
 The Nation, 08/17/1893 - Disorder - The Speaker in the House of Commons by B, D.
The Nation, 08/17/1893 - Disorder - The Speaker in the House of Commons by B, D. Disorder - The Speaker in the House of Commons
Disorder - The Speaker in the House of Commons
...Nor are the recollections o,f their bitter history, and of bitter struggles in the House, sufficiently faded, nor are the hopes-of complete amalgamation in feeling through the accord of home rule sufficiently clear, to allow of the former indulging in the same amenities as other members on entering and leaving the chamber...
www.nationarchive.com /Summaries/v057i1468_07.htm   (1573 words)

  
 Speaker's Ruling Sets House of Commons Back 400 years   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Commenting on House of Commons Speaker Gib Parent’s ruling against a Question of Privilege raised by Liberal MP Roger Gallaway, Breitkreuz said, "I am deeply disappointed and offended by the Speaker’s ruling on Mr.
To rule that the Board of Internal Economy - a party-based body - has the power to dictate the rules under which individual M.P.s do their jobs as legislators in the House of Commons is offensive in the extreme," responded Breitkreuz.
Gallaway has been asking is for the Speaker to defend our right as legislators to have expert legal advice, independent of the government, and to restore the level of legal services to the level it was in 1993.
www.garrybreitkreuz.com /breitkreuzgpress/legcncl1.html   (444 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Commons pro-hunt protesters in court
Pro-hunting protesters invade the Commons during the hunting debate in September 2004.
Photograph: AP The deputy speaker of the House of Commons told today how she feared pro-hunt protesters invading the debating chamber could have been armed.
Sylvia Heal said she was concerned for the safety of two ministers - Alun Michael and Elliot Morley - when the demonstrators stormed into the chamber during a debate on the fox hunting bill.
www.guardian.co.uk /Politics/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1490345,00.html   (535 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Politics | Speaker Martin re-elected by MPs
The Speaker's election was proposed by Tory MP Angela Browning who highlighted Mr Martin's fairness to all members regardless of party.
You are a fair man, a kind man, a House of Commons man," she said.
The election was unopposed and, as is the tradition, Mr Martin was "dragged" from the green Commons benches to the Speaker's chair - a reference to the potential dangers of being Speaker in years gone by.
news2.thdo.bbc.co.uk /1/low/uk_politics/4537237.stm   (423 words)

  
 BBC News | UK POLITICS | Commons speaker re-elected
Michael Martin has been re-elected speaker of the House of Commons as members took their seats for the first time since last week's general election.
But no speaker returning to the Commons after a general election has failed to be re-elected in recent times and Mr Martin did not have to face a contest.
Tam Dalyell, Labour MP for Linlithgow who as the longest-serving member of the Commons is now Father of the House, presided over the re-election of Mr Martin on crutches - after tearing ankle ligaments in a fall.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/1386875.stm   (538 words)

  
 Vive le Canada - Balance. Balance. The Chief Electoral Officer, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Canadian ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Speaker of the House of Commons is an interesting figure.
Until 1986 the speaker was nominated by the prime minister, usually after consultation with the leader of the opposition.
But he was “appointed by a resolution of the House of Commons,” and he reports to Parliament, not to the prime minister or Cabinet.
www.vivelecanada.ca /article.php/20050505051448855   (2774 words)

  
 The Speaker - House of Commons Canada - Welcome!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
On January 29, 2001, my colleagues in the House of Commons elected me to be their Speaker, the 34th person to hold the office in Canada.
In June 2004, I was re-elected Member for Kingston and the Islands, and on October 4th, acclaimed Speaker of the House of Commons.
In a place where important decisions are made by people who hold strong opinions and are themselves charged with representing the interests of those who elected them, my job is not always an easy one.
www.parl.gc.ca /information/about/people/House/Speaker/index_e.html   (194 words)

  
 History Bookshop.com: Speaker of the House of Commons
In the dispute with Edward III and his appointees Sir Peter was able to act as spokesman for the Commons as a whole, and with this demonstration of collective strength the Commons prevailed.
In 1642 Speaker Lenthall placed the interests of the Commons to the fore, proclaiming "I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me".
The Speaker today must act independently of party and is the presiding officer or spokesperson of the Commons.
www.historybookshop.com /articles/institution/speaker-house-commons.asp   (496 words)

  
 Electoral Reform Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Speaker is currently elected by the procedure generally used in parliamentary debates.
The fact that the Father of the House has the power to arbitrarily choose the order that candidates will be nominated means that in future contests he or she could be accused of manipulating or abusing the process.
The Electoral Reform Society believes that it is important that the Speaker has the broad support of the House of Commons.
www.electoral-reform.org.uk /publications/briefings/speaker2.htm   (1349 words)

  
 SPEAKER OF THE CANADIAN HOUSE OF COMMONS
In Canada the Speaker of the House of Commons is elected by fellow MPs and performs the same duties as in other nations (see Speaker of the House of Commons).
In Canada it is also the speaker's responsibility to manage the House of Commons and supervise its staff.
It is also the Speaker's duty to act as a liason with the Senate and the Crown.
www.websters-online-dictionary.org /definition/SPEAKER+OF+THE+CANADIAN+HOUSE+OF+COMMONS   (577 words)

  
 Parliament Hill a Human Rights Free Zone, claims former Speaker of the House - PS Issues Current Archive - CAPE ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Vaid, a former employee on Parliament Hill, worked as the chauffeur for the House of Commons Speakers from 1984 until 1995.
Gilbert Parent to the position of Speaker, the House of Commons attempted to terminate M. Vaid's employment.
Parent and the House of Commons have now filed an application in Federal Court to have this ruling overturned, claiming that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal does not have jurisdiction when it comes to employees on Parliament Hill.
www.acep-cape.ca /en/arc-psIssues-c/lopdisc_e.htm   (288 words)

  
 Library and record office accommodation: report from the Informal Joint Committee to The Leader of the House of Lords ...
Library and record office accommodation: report from the Informal Joint Committee to The Leader of the House of Lords and The Speaker of the House of Commons together with the minutes of evidence and appendices
Informal Joint Committee to the Leader of the House of Lords and the Speaker of the House of Commons
Evidence was taken from a range of people, and informal discussions were held with the Chairman of the Library Sub-Committee and the Chairman of the Sound Broadcasting Committees of both Houses, and with representatives of the Property Services Agency.
www.bopcris.ac.uk /bopall/ref21114.html   (300 words)

  
 Fathers of Confederation
He was elected to the federal house in 1867 from his old constituency of` York and had the honor of moving the adoption of the speech from the throne in the first session.
June 5, 1889, Victoria, B.C. Gray was elected to the House of Commons in the first federal election after Confederation, but did not stand for re-election in 1872.
Served in House of Commons at the same time as his son: Hugh John (b.
www.canadainfolink.ca /confederation.htm   (4058 words)

  
 House of Commons - Speaker's Committee - First Report
House of Commons - Speaker's Committee - First Report
The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 18 December 2003.
Appendix 4 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General to the Speaker's Committee for
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/cm200304/cmselect/cmspeak/140/14002.htm   (114 words)

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