Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords

The Senior Deputy Speaker is an officer of the House of Lords whose main role is to preside over the House when it is in committee (i.e., considering a bill at committee stage), either in the Lords Chamber or in Grand Committee, which is when committee stage is taken away from the floor to free up debating time in the main Chamber. The Senior Deputy Speaker deputises for the Lord Speaker, and like the Lord Speaker withdraws from political party membership. Additionally, the Senior Deputy Speaker chairs various select committees of the House, and has a role in the administration of the House.

The current incumbent, Lord McFall of Alcluith, took the office on 1 September 2016. Up until September 2016 the position was known as Chairman of Committees.[1]

The Senior Deputy Speaker is assisted by the Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees and a panel of Deputy Chairmen of Committees. The Principal Deputy Chairman is Earl of Kinnoull. In addition to taking the chair in Committee of the Whole House and Grand Committee, Deputy Chairmen are appointed from time-to-time to serve with the Chairman of Committees on unopposed bill committees, which scrutinise private bills against which no petitions have been lodged.[2] Deputy Chairmen are, by practice, Deputy Speakers.[3]

As of 5 March 2018, the panel of Deputy Chairmen are:[4]

Member Party
Baroness Andrews Labour
Lord Boswell of Aynho Conservative
Lord Brougham and Vaux Conservative
Lord Dear Crossbench
Lord Faulkner of Worcester Labour
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Crossbench
Baroness Fookes Conservative
Baroness Garden of Frognal Liberal Democrats
Lord Geddes Conservative
Lord Haskel Labour
Baroness Henig Labour
Lord Lexden Conservative
Countess of Mar Crossbench
Lord McAvoy Labour
Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Labour
Baroness Morris of Bolton Conservative
Baroness Newlove Conservative
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill Liberal Democrats
Baroness Pitkeathley Labour
Lord Rogan Ulster Unionist
Viscount Simon Labour
Lord Taylor of Holbeach Conservative
Viscount Ullswater Conservative

Chairmen of CommitteesEdit

Senior Deputy SpeakersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Senior Deputy Speaker". Hansard. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ Private Standing Order 121.
  3. ^ "Deputy Speakers".
  4. ^ "Deputy Speakers – Minutes of Proceedings of the House of Lords for 5 March 2018". House of Lords, UK Parliament.