The Speaker of Parliament takes charge of the administration of Parliament and its secretariat, and presides over parliamentary sittings.
During debates in the House, the Speaker’s role includes regulating and enforcing the rules of debate in the House, and putting the question for the House to debate on and vote.
The Speaker must remain impartial and fair to all MPs as decides who has the right to speak.
Although the Speaker does not take part in the debates, being an elected Member of Parliament, the Speaker can abstain, or vote for/ against a motion.
Madam Halimah Yacob was elected Speaker of Parliament on 14 January 2013. She is Singapore’s first female Speaker of Parliament. Madam Halimah is also the MP for MARSILING-YEW TEE GRC