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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 of the House of Assembly
Photo Name Entered Office Left Office
Photo Hon. Robert Hallam SYMONETTE 6 Dec 1962 9 Feb 1967
Photo Hon. Alvin Rudolph BRAYNEN 9 Feb 1967 18 Oct 1972
Photo Hon Sir. Arlington G. BUTLER, KCMG, JP 18 Oct 1972 20 Oct 1977
Photo Hon. Sir Clifford DARLING, GCVO 20 Oct 1977 14 Nov 1991
Photo Hon Milo B. BUTLER Jr. 14 Nov 1991 2 Sep 1992
Photo Hon. Vernon J. SYMONETTE 2 Sep 1992 9 Apr 1997
Photo Hon. Rome Italia JOHNSON 9 Apr 1997 22 May 2002
Photo Hon. Oswald INGRAHAM 22 May 2002 23 May 2007
Photo Hon. Alvin SMITH 23 May 2007 23 May 2012
Photo Hon. Dr Kendal MAJOR 23 May 2012 24 May 2017
Photo Hon. Dewitt Halson MOULTRIE 24 May 2017 incumbent
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