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The election of Deputy Speakers
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05375
This note reviews the background to the introduction of elections for Deputy Speakers; notes arrangements for 2015; and reports the results the elections in June 2010 and in October 2013.
The election of a Speaker
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05074
This note briefly outlines the procedure for electing a Speaker. It reviews the election of the Speaker in 2009, the Procedure Committee's review of that election.
The Parliamentary Oath
Published Monday, February 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7515
This House of Commons Briefing Paper looks at the oath of allegiance or affirmation which Members of both Houses of Parliament are required to take before they can take their seat. It focuses primarily on the Parliamentary Oath in the House of Commons, although later sections look at the oath in the House of Lords, the devolved legislatures and in certain Commonwealth countries. It also sets out some of the key stages in the history and development of the Parliamentary Oath.
UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Published Monday, November 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7378
How democratic is the UK’s ‘democratic conscience’?
Speakers of the House of Commons and Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen of Ways and Means
Published Friday, August 21, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04637
A list of all known Speakers and Deputies from 1258 to present day
Re-election of the Speaker after a general election
Published Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07150
Proposals to change the procedure if the re-election of a Speaker is challenged after a general election are to be considered on 26 March 2015.
PIL: Speakers' statements on ministerial policy announcements made outside the House
Published Friday, July 16, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN05647
Speaker's Conferences
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04426
This note looks briefly at the background to previous conferences and lists them, with their terms of reference.
Suggestions for possible changes to the procedure and business of the House- a note by the Clerks
Published Thursday, June 18, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05110
This Standard Note reproduces the text of a letter and accompanying set of suggestions prepared by Robert Rogers, Clerk of Legislation, for circulation to the Leader of the House, Shadow Leaders, Whips, and Chairs of relevant Committees, and those Members intending to stand in the election for Speaker, due to take place on Monday 22 June. It is reproduced in this form for the convenience of other Members.
Election of a commons speaker
Published Monday, March 19, 2001 | Commons Briefing papers RP01-30
Election of a Commons Speaker (2nd ed). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/30. (Replaces Research Paper 00/90)

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