This note lists known appointments to the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead since 1946Jump to full report >>
Under a Resolution of the House of 2 March 1623, Members of Parliament cannot directly resign their seats. Deaths, disqualification, elevation to Peerage, dissolution or expulsion are the only causes by which a Member’s seat can be vacated. Therefore, a Member wishing to resign has to be appointed to a paid office of the Crown, which automatically disqualifies the Member from holding a seat in the House of Commons.
There are currently two nominal offices of profit under the Crown: Crown Steward and Bailiff of the three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham; Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.
Commons Briefing papers SN04731
Author: Sarah Priddy
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