3. Select Committee Staff
Details of the staff serving a particular Select
Committee are set out in the entry relating to that Committee.
One member of staff may fill more than one Committee post.
Furthermore, in many cases, Committee staff carry
out duties connected with the service of the House unrelated to
their work for a particular Committee. For some staff, especially
those working in offices other than the Committee Office, those
duties comprise the greater part of their work. The following
analysis of the staff who served Select Committees during Session
1997-98 is therefore presented office by office.
NUMBERS AND GRADES OF STAFF SERVING SELECT COMMITTEES
Principal Clerks* 5
Deputy Principal/Senior Clerks 24
Assistant Clerks 6
Senior Executive Officers 3
Higher Executive Officers 15
Chief Office Clerks 3
Senior Office Clerks 2
NAO Audit Officer seconded to the Defence Committee 1
Specialist Assistants 14
* The Committee Office has five Principal Clerks
who have supervisory and management responsibilities. Three of
these have performed additional functions as Clerks of Select
Committees. The Clerk of Committees was Clerk of the Liaison Committee
and of the Modernisation Committee; the Clerk of Domestic Committees
was Clerk of the Finance and Services Committee and one Principal
Clerk, Select Committees acted for a time as Clerk of the Welsh
** Includes personal secretaries to Principal Clerks,
and some secretaries providing support for certain Committees
supported by Clerks in the Journal and Legislation Service.
The Clerk of the Journals (a Principal Clerk) was
also Clerk of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.
A Deputy Principal Clerk in the Journal Office was
also Clerk of the Procedure Committee.
A Chief Office Clerk assisted the Clerk to the Modernisation
A Senior Clerk assisted the Clerk of the Committee
of Standards and Privileges; and an Assistant Clerk in the Office
also assisted the Clerk of the Procedure Committee.
The Clerk of Delegated Legislation (a Principal Clerk)
has supervisory responsibility for staff of the select committees
on Deregulation and European Legislation, and for the Joint and
Select Committees on Statutory Instruments. He is supported by
a Personal Secretary.
The following staff of the Legislation Service served
the Select Committee on European Legislation:- 1 Deputy Principal
Clerk [and 1 Senior Clerk from 1.11.98], 3 Senior Clerks (Clerk/Advisers
with specialist experience) [4 from 21.9.98], 1 Higher Executive
Officer, 1 Senior Office Clerk, 3 Secretaries [4 from 5.10.98]
and 1 Office Support Assistant.
The following staff of the Office served the Deregulation
Committee:- 1 Assistant Clerk [Senior Clerk from 3.10.98], 1 Legal
Assistant, 1 Chief Office Clerk, 1 Secretary and 1 Office Support
The Office Support Assistant was shared between the
Select Committee on European Legislation and the Deregulation
Committee. The two Committees were also assisted by one of the
Counsel to the Speaker (European Legislation &c.).
A Senior Clerk in the Public Bill Office was also
Commons Clerk of the Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c.,
A Senior Clerk in the Private Bill Office was also
Clerk of the Committee of Selection. He was assisted by a Chief
Office Clerk who otherwise provides general support for the Committee
and Private Bill Offices.
The Secretary to the Chairman of Ways and Means,
who is a Senior Clerk, was also Clerk of the Committee on Statutory
Instruments and Commons Clerk of the Joint Committee on Statutory
Instruments. The Committees were also assisted by one of the Counsel
to the Speaker and by 2 Assistant Counsel and by 1 Secretary.
The following other staff in the Committee Office
provided general support for the work of Select Committees, while
not being assigned to a particular Committee:
1 Office Manager
1 Deputy Office Manager
2 Chief Office Clerks
1 Senior Office Clerk
6 Office Support Assistants
Note: two of these staff also provided
support to the Private Bill Office (part of the Legislation Service).
The Office Manager and Deputy Office Manager also provide other
services to the Clerk's Department as a whole.
The following staff of the Clerk's Department Information
Technology Unit also provided technical support for the work of
Select Committees. They also provide services for other Offices
in the Clerk's Department.
1 IT Manager
1 Computer Support Officer
2 Assistant Computer Support Officers