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Clerk assistant

The clerk assistant is the deputy to the clerk of the House and sits on his left at the Table of the House of Commons.

The clerk assistant advises the Speaker and MPs on the procedures which apply to business in the House and also has a number of responsibilities related to the running of the House.

He or she is the third most senior officer of the House, after the clerk and the Serjeant at Arms.

The first recorded appointment of a clerk assistant was in 1640.

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