Commons offices

Departments and offices working for the House of Commons provide support to MPs so that they can carry out their duties.

They also provide information on the work and history of the House of Commons.

The House of Commons Commission

The House of Commons Commission is the overall supervisory body of the House of Commons Administration.

Management Board

The Management Board is responsible for the management of the services provided by the Departments of the House of Commons

Office of the Chief Executive

The Office of the Chief Executive supports the work of the Chief Executive of the House of Commons.

Speaker's Office

The Speaker acts as chairman during debates in the House of Commons, calls MPs to speak, and sees that the rules laid down by the House are followed.

Departments and Offices of the House of Commons

Listing contact information and further details on the number of department and offices that the staff of the House of Commons work across.

House of Commons Information Office

The House of Commons Information Office answers questions about the business, history and membership of the House of Commons. It also provides a range of services and publications

House of Commons Library

The Library (House of Commons) provides research, analysis and information services for the House of Commons.

Clerk Assistant's Directorate/Legislation Directorate

The role of the Clerk Assistant's Directorate and the Legislation Directorate is to provide specialist professional and administrative services related to the procedure of the House.

Committee Office

The Committee Office supports the work of Public Bill Committees which consider the details of particular Bills, and Select Committees which scrutinise the work of Government departments.

Hansard (The Official Report)

Hansard is an edited verbatim report of proceedings in the Chamber, in Westminster Hall and in Public Bill Committees.

Scrutiny Unit

The Scrutiny Unit exists to strengthen the scrutiny function of the House. It provides specialist expertise to select committees, especially (but not exclusively) on financial matters and draft Bills.

Serjeant at Arms directorate

Serjeant at Arms Directorate responsible for security and access.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

The Commissioner’s main responsibilities are: maintaining and monitoring the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, advising MPs about the rules, monitoring the operation of the code of conduct that applies to MPs, and investigating complaints.

Catering and Retail Services

Catering and Retail Services are responsible for the planning and delivery of catering services.

Department of Resources

The Department of Resources has overall responsibility for finance, personnel and business development issues for the House of Commons administration.

House of Commons Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Office answers enquiries about the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act within the House of Commons.

Commercial Services Directorate

The Commercial Services Directorate (CSD) is responsible for the House of Commons' Procurement Policy and providing consultancy advice and direct support to Departments of the House, upon request.

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