This note lists known appointments to the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead since the 1945 General Election.Jump 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.
Further information on the current procedure and its historical context can be found in the Commons briefing: Resignation from the House of Commons.
Commons Briefing papers SN04731
Author: Sarah Priddy