Clerk of the House of Commons

Clerk Of The House Of Commons

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The Clerk of the House of Commons is the chief executive of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and before 1707 of the House of Commons of England. The current Clerk of the House of Commons is Dr Malcolm Jack, who succeeded Sir Roger Sands KCB on 30 September 2006.

The formal name for the position held by the Clerk of the House of Commons is Under Clerk of the Parliaments. The chief clerk of the House of Lords is the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Until 1 January 2008, when the reforms to the House's governance proposed by the Tebbit Review of management and services of the House were implemented, the Clerk was the head of the Clerk's Department. He remains the principal adviser to the Speaker on the House's privileges and procedures. The Clerk's other responsibilities relate to the conduct of the business of the House and its committees. The Clerk is also accounting officer for the House.

List of Clerks of the House of Commons



14th century

  • 1363 — Robert de Melton
  • 1385 — John de Scardeburgh


15th century

  • 1414 — Thomas Haseley
  • 1440 — John Dale
  • 1461 — Thomas Bayen


16th century

  • 1504 — Thomas Hylton
  • 1510 —......
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