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The Presiding Officer of the House of Assembly is the Speaker. The role of the Speaker is to ensure the orderly flow of business, the House of Assembly observes parliamentary rules and traditions, both written and unwritten. It is the Speaker's duty to interpret these rules impartially, to maintain order, and to defend the rights and privileges of Members, including the right to freedom of speech. To preserve the trust of the House, the Speaker's actions must be impartial. Consequently, the Speaker never participates in debate, and works to balance the right of the Government to transact business in an orderly manner and the right of all Members to be heard in debate. Speakers are traditionally appointed from outside the House. The Deputy Speaker is normally a former elected member of the House, and only exercises function when the Speaker is not available.

Speakers of the House of Assembly

Photo Name Entered Office Left Office Legislature
Hon. Henry O. CREQUE 1967 1971 Legislative Council
Hon. H.R. PENN, OBE 8 Jul 1971 1975 Legislative Council
Hon. Ivan DAWSON 1975 1983 Legislative Council
Hon. Keith L. FLAX 1983 1997 Legislative Council
Hon. Reuben W. VANTERPOOL 1997 2003 Legislative Council
Hon. Vivian Inez ARCHIBALD 10 Jul 2003 2007 Legislative Council
Hon. Roy HARRIGAN 14 Sep 2007 12 Sep 2011 First House of Assembly
Hon. Ingrid MOSES-SCATLIFFE 8 Dec 2011 Present Second House of Assembly
Deputy Speakers of the House of Assembly
Photo Name Entered Office Left Office Legislature
Hon. Ivan DAWSON 1971 1975 Legislative Council
Hon. Leopold E. SMITH 1975 1978 Legislative Council
Hon. Omar HODGE 1979 1983 Legislative Council
Hon. Earl P. FRASER 1983 1986 Legislative Council
Hon. Terrance B. LETTSOME 1986 1990 Legislative Council
Hon. Oliver CILLS 1990 1995 Legislative Council
Hon. Reeial GEORGE 1995 16 Jun 2003 Legislative Council
Hon. Eileene L. PARSONS 10 Jul 2003 2005 Legislative Council
Hon. Delores CHRISTOPHER 2005 2007 Legislative Council
Hon. Keith L. FLAX 2007 2011 House of Assembly
Hon. Delores CHRISTOPHER 8 Dec 2011 16 Oct 2018 House of Assembly
SOURCES:
http://www.legco.gov.vg
http://www.bvi.gov.vg/house-assembly
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