The Constitution Unit


Challenges for Parliament: Looking Back and Looking Forward- Sir David Natzler in conversation

19 March 2019

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On 1 March 2019 Sir David Natzler retired from his role as Clerk of the House of Commons (the most senior Commons official), a position he held since March 2015. Sir David joined the House Service in 1975, and has held various senior appointments during his career, including Secretary to the House of Commons Commission, Clerk of Committees, Clerk of Legislation and Clerk Assistant. He has also clerked several select committees, including the Defence Committee, Health Committee, Trade and Industry Committee, and Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (the ‘Wright committee’).

In this event, less than three weeks after his retirement, Sir David reflected on his more than 40 years in parliament, and the challenge ahead for parliament, in conversation with the Constitution Unit’s Director Professor Meg Russell. There was also time for audience questions and discussion.