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When the House of Assembly first meets after a general election, or after the office of Speaker becomes vacant for any reason other than a dissolution of the House, and before it proceeds to the despatch of any other business, the House elects a person to be Speaker of the House.

The Speaker is Presiding Officer of the House of Assembly. The role of the Speaker is to ensure the orderly flow of business, the House of Assembly observes parliamentary rules and traditions, both written and unwritten. It is the Speaker's duty to interpret these rules impartially, to maintain order, and to defend the rights and privileges of Members, including the right to freedom of speech. To preserve the trust of the House, the Speaker's actions must be impartial. Consequently, the Speaker never participates in debate, and works to balance the right of the Government to transact business in an orderly manner and the right of all Members to be heard in debate.

Speakers of the Legislative Council
Photo Name Entered Office Left Office
Photo Hon. George Edmund Morrison EWING, OBE 1976 1980
Photo Hon. William Henry MILLS, OBE 1980 1987
Photo Hon. Larry Allan COALBROOKE 1988 1990
Photo Hon. Dr. Rosita Beatrice MISSICK-BUTTERFIELD, SCM, MBE 1991 1993
Photo Hon. Austin Alexander ROBINSON, OBE 1994 1994
Photo Hon. Winston Rudith OUTTEN 1995 1998
Photo Hon. Emily Augusta SAUNDERS 1998 1999
Photo Hon. Felix O'Neal DELANCEY 1999 2003
Photo Hon. Glennevans Clifton CLARKE 2003 2007
Speakers of the House of Assembly
Photo Name Entered Office Left Office
Photo Hon. Clayton S. GREENE Mar 2007 Aug 2009
Photo Hon. Robert Stevenson HALL 28 Nov 2012 28 Oct 2016
Hon. Dwayne TAYLOR 29 Dec 2016 incumbent
Standing Orders

Standing Orders are the formal written rules that govern the proceedings of the each House of Parliament and set out the arrangement of the business to be conducted as well as the rules for debate. Standing Orders (Rules) may be suspended, if the House agrees, in order to allow a certain item of business to be conducted.

House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance and Related Legislation (2009) Download
source: http://www.gov.tc
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