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The Speaker is Presiding Officer of the House of Assembly. 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.

The Speaker is not an elected Member, nor is he a Senator.  Neither the Speaker nor his Deputy can be a Minister of Government.

Photo Name Entered Office Left Office
Photo Hon. N.S. NANTON 25 May 1961 14 Sep 1961
Photo Hon. Emanuel Fatima ADAMS 11 Oct 1962 23 May 1966
Hon. Othniel Rudolph SYLVESTER, CMG, QC 15 Sep 1966 16 Mar 1967
Photo Hon. Charles St. Clair DACON, OBE 26 Jun 1967 8 Mar 1972
Photo Hon. Joseph Lambert EUSTACE 4 May 1972 23 Sep 1974
Photo Hon. Arthur Theophilus WOODS 2 Jan 1975 26 Oct 1979
Photo Hom. Edward A.C. HUGHES 27 Oct 1979 24 Jul 1981
Hom. Dennie WILSON 17 Aug 1982 12 Apr 1984
Hon. Olin J.B. DENNIE

23 Aug 1984

1 Aug 1985
Hon. L.A. Douglas WILLIAMS 21 Oct 1985 23 Mar 1989
Photo Hon. Emanuel Fatima ADAMS 13 Jun 1989 14 Feb 1991
Hon. Montgomery MAULE, MP 3 June 1991 12 Mar 1998
Photo Hon. Nolwyn McDOWALL, MP 9 Jul 1998 11 Jan 2001
Hon. Hendrick ALEXANDER, MP 17 Apr 2001 28 Dec 2015
Hon. Jomo S. THOMAS, MP 29 Dec 2015 Present
source: http://www.assembly.gov.vc
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