What is the role of the Speaker to Parliament?

The Speaker is the political head of the institution of Parliament.

  • The Speaker receives dignitaries and high profile visitors to Parliament
  • Conducts inter parliamentary relations
  • Issues external high-level communication on behalf of Parliament
  • Links Parliament with the Executive
  • Oversees the functioning of the Parliamentary Service through the Clerk to Parliament
  • Chairs all the sittings of Parliament and ensures that the Rules of Procedure are observed
  • As head of the institution, the Speaker represents Parliament in its corporate relations