In the Chamber

In his/her role as chair of plenary sessions, the Speaker:

  • calls Members to speak in debates;
  • ensures that the right procedures are followed;
  • maintains order in the Chamber; and
  • has the final say on disputes regarding the rules of the Assembly, called Standing Orders.

MLAs must have confidence in the Speaker’s impartiality. Therefore, the Speaker does not take part or vote in any debates in the Chamber. The Speaker does not become involved in party politics. When representing the Assembly, the Speaker will talk only on operational matters and not on political issues.