Page last updated at 16:28 GMT, Thursday, 30 October 2008

Speaker's conference

A Speaker's conference is a rarely-used type of formal inquiry into the arrangements governing elections.

It is chaired by the Speaker and its membership is drawn from all of the political parties in the House of Commons.

There were five Speaker's conferences on matters to do with electoral law and electoral reform in the twentieth century, the most recent being in 1978.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown revived the practice in September 2007, announcing that a new Speaker's conference would be established to consider how to counter declining electoral turnout and boost representation of women and ethnic minorities in the House of Commons.

The first Speaker's conference, chaired by Speaker Lowther from 1916 to 1917, paved the way for the enfranchisement of women in the UK.

Print Sponsor

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific