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Annex A-Draft Job Descriptions


Clerk of the House

·  Acts as chief adviser to the House of Commons on the procedure and practice of Parliament, including parliamentary privilege, and is protected in this role by Letters Patent.

·  Provides strategic leadership to efforts to increase understanding of and access to parliamentary proceedings and activities.

·  Provides strategic leadership of a unified House of Commons service.

·  Is in particular responsible for:

i)  developing a strategic framework for service delivery - jointly with the Director General of the House Commons - including shared services and preparations for Restoration and Renewal;

ii)  actively developing the skills, experience and expertise of staff, overseeing succession planning, and working towards a more mobile and flexible workforce;

iii)  promoting a more diverse workforce at all levels of the House service;

iv)  leading effective communication with staff.

·  Acts as Accounting Officer and Corporate Officer, with ultimate responsibility for the use of resources in meeting the strategic objectives of the administration of the House.

·  Acts as a member of the House of Commons Commission and the Executive Committee, which takes strategic and corporate decisions for the House administration within a framework set by the Commission.

·  Leads effective stakeholder relations on parliamentary business, including with the Speaker and Deputy Speakers, the Commission, Members, the House of Lords and external contacts in the UK and overseas.

·  Represents the House of Commons at national and international level and participates in Speakers' Conferences and other international fora.

Director General of the House of Commons

·  Holds overall responsibility for the effective operational delivery of the full range of services to meet the strategic objectives of the House of Commons, including its parliamentary and outward facing functions.

·  Acts as a member of the House of Commons Commission and chairs its Executive Committee, which takes strategic and corporate decisions for the House administration within a framework set by the Commission.

·  Is responsible for developing a strategic framework for service delivery-jointly with the Clerk of the House-and has responsibility for ensuring the effective allocation of resources and implementation of services as determined by the Commission, with the right of direct access to the Speaker and other Commission members as needed.

·  Has overall direct responsibility for the effective use of resources and the regularity and propriety of public expenditure and provides assurance to both the Commission, and the Clerk of the House as Corporate Officer and Accounting Officer.

·  Leads effective stakeholder relations on the delivery of services and liaises directly with the Speaker and Deputy Speakers, the Commission, Members, and the House of Lords, to ensure strong and effective lines of communication with them.

·  Leads in developing the House's capability to manage the preparations for Restoration and Renewal.



 
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