What is the name for the parliament officer who knows the rules of parliament?
The Clerk of the House of Representatives.
The Clerk, wearing a black gown leans in to speak to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in his chair. In front is her desk, with books and sand timers.
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The Senate and the House of Representatives each have a Clerk, who is the top-level parliamentary officer. The Clerks are the only non-elected people who regularly speak in the Senate or House. They have a thorough understanding of the rules of the Senate and House, called the Standing Orders.
The Clerks have several responsibilities in the Senate or House, including:
- helping the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives to run meetings.
- helping the President, the Speaker and members of parliament to organise the order of business each day.
- recording the actions and decisions of Parliament .
- assisting with ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of Parliament and the swearing-in of new members of parliament.