Rememberencer

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Dear House of Commons,

What is the purpose of the rememberencer who sits above all MPs and speaker in the house of commons?
Why does his place hold a higher seat than everyone else?
Does the remeberencer have any influence on UK parliament?
Is the remeberencer from the crown corporation?
Why is he in UK parliament as he is not elected by the people?
Who writes the law? What dictionaries do they use?
Who is responsible to ensuring that international law is unheld by UK Parliament?
If UK Parliament breaks international law then who is responsible for ensuring that they are made accountable?

Yours faithfully,

Emma Gomez

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Ms Gomez,
 
 
Freedom of Information Request F13-473
 
Thank you for your request for information copied below. 
 
You asked a number of question about the role of the Remembrancer in the
House of Commons and we have sought to answer your queries below.
 

 1. What is the purpose of the Remembrancer who sits above all MPs and
speaker in the House of Commons?

 
The Remembrancer is one of the [1]City of London’s Chief Officers.  They
are not employed by the House of Commons so we are only able to provide a
limited amount of information provided below regarding this role.  For
full details you may wish to consider submitting your request under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Corporation of the City of London. 
Contact details can be found at: 
[2]http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the...
 

 2. Why does his place hold a higher seat than everyone else?

 
The Remembrancer is issued with a House of Commons pass and is entitled to
observe Chamber proceedings from the visitors’ seats  “under the gallery”,
that is facing the Speaker, not above Members of Parliament or the
Speaker.
 

 3. Does the Remembrancer have any influence on UK parliament?

 
The Remembrancer has no right to take part in debates in the House.
Private Bills can be introduced in the House of Commons only through
agents certified by the Speaker as competent to do so.  They must apply
for inclusion on the permanent register of parliamentary agents (Roll A).
The Remembrancer is a Roll A Agent.  His recent work in Parliament has
centred on the legislation to implement the changes to the City’s
electoral system.
The Remembrancer has also submitted evidence  to select committees on
behalf of the Corporation of London, for example, to the  Environmental
Audit Committee’s inquiry into wildlife crime, 2012. 
[3]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...
 
The following document, which is available at:
[4]http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commo...,
contains the following information about the role of the Remembrancer in
relation to the presentation of petitions by the City Corporation:
 
“Presentation of Petitions by the City Corporation
The Sheriffs of London are entitled, by ancient usage, to present any
Petition which the Corporation of the City of London wishes to make to the
House in person at the Bar of the House. They are conducted to the Bar by
the Serjeant at Arms with the Mace. The Speaker says "Mr Sheriff, what
have you got there?" and a Sheriff, or the City Remembrancer who
accompanies them, answers by reciting the substance of the petition. If
the Sheriffs bring with them a Mace or Sword, it has to be retained by
Commons Doorkeepers in the Bar Lobby, just outside the House. The most
recent occasion upon which this ceremony was enacted was on 16 February
1948.”
 

 4. Is the Remembrancer from the crown corporation?

 
Please see our answer to question 1.
 

 5. Why is he in UK parliament as he is not elected by the people?

 
Please see our answer to question 3.
 

 6. Who writes the law? What dictionaries do they use?

 
Government bills are drafted by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. 
Further information about their practices and processes can be requested
by submitting a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to that
department.  Contact details can be found at
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...
 

 7. Who is responsible to ensuring that international law is unheld by UK
Parliament?

and

 8. If UK Parliament breaks international law then who is responsible for
ensuring that they are made accountable?

 
This information is not held by the House of Commons. 
Questions on the law may be best directed to a solicitor, barrister or
other suitably qualified legal professional. Alternatively you may wish to
consider contacting Citizens Advice.  Contact details can be found at: 
[6]http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
 
 
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Yours sincerely,
 
 
 
 
IRIS Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons
 
 
 

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