House of CommonsShort guide to procedure and practice

Appendix 2: The Clerk's Department

Clerks are employed by the House and are not civil servants. Their role is to provide advice on the House's procedures and to carry out certain administrative tasks. All advice from the Clerks is provided in confidence.

Note that Clerks will not always volunteer information without being asked, since in some circumstances this could amount to taking sides.

The offices of the Department are follows:





Committee Office

Select committees

At end of Committee Corridor (beyond Room 16) and in 7 Millbank


Delegated Legislation Office

European Scrutiny
And Deregulation Committees

7 Millbank

5467, 0447

Journal Office

Procedural records
Laying of statutory

3rd floor

3361, 3252

Overseas Office

Relations with overseas parliaments
to international

3rd floor
7 Millbank



Private Bill Office

Private bills and other private business
Committee of Selection

At end of Committee Corridor (beyond Room 16)


Public Bill Office

Public bills (including
Private Members'
Standing committees

3rd floor

3251, 6758

Table Office

The Order Paper
Early Day Motions

Off the corridor behind the Speaker's Chair (see map)

3302, 3303, 3305

Vote Office

Supply of documents

Members' Lobby and elsewhere


The phone numbers given are for general enquiries; numbers for enquiries on specific subjects are given elsewhere in this guide. The map shows how to reach the 3rd floor (also known as the Clerk of the House floor).

On sitting days, the Journal, Private Bill and Public Bill Offices are open from 10 a.m. (9.30 a.m. on Fridays) until the rising of the House; the Table Office is open from 10 a.m. on Mondays, 9.30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. on Fridays until the rising of the House. On non-sitting Fridays in sitting weeks the Public Bill Office and Table Office are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Clerks responsible for co-ordinating assistance for new Members can be contacted on 3257 and 3316.

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

POST is funded by the two Houses to provide information on issues relating to the role of science and technology in society. It produces reports ranging from brief overviews of topical issues to more detailed analyses of issues in environment, health and science and technology policy. Members can receive reports automatically from POST on request, and recent reports are also available in the Library. POST's work is guided by its own Parliamentary Board of Members and Peers, but the Board welcomes suggestions from individual Members on topics.

Contact: Director of POST, 2848.


© Parliamentary copyright 2001
Prepared 14 February 2001