The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales
() is the Speaker
of the National Assembly for Wales
, elected by the Members of the National Assembly for Wales
their meetings (plenary sessions); to maintain order; and to protect the rights of Members.
He or she also heads the Corporate Body (known as the Assembly Commission
) of the National Assembly for Wales
and as such is viewed as a figurehead for the entire organisation. One Deputy Presiding Officer is elected to help fulfil the role. The office of the Presiding Officer is based in Crickhowell House
and is also responsible for the Pierhead Building
in Cardiff Bay
Role of the Presiding Officer
The main function is to chair plenary sessions of the Assembly, to maintain order and to protect the rights of Members. He or she is responsible for ensuring that business is handled on the basis of equality and impartiality.
The Presiding Officer is also responsible for Standing Orders and is the final authority on their interpretation. The Presiding Officer also acts as Chair of the National Assembly for Wales Commission
, and has special responsibility for promoting democratic engagement, leadership, developing the Assembly’s future legislative powers and external relations
He or she is, along with the Deputy, politically responsible for all aspects of the Presiding Office to which the Standing Orders relate.
The Presiding Officer chairs meetings of the Panel of Subject Committee Chairs, where committee... Read More