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.

One of three Deputy Speakers may also take the chair in the Chamber. They cannot speak or vote in any debate which they are chairing, but may do so in other debates.