826. Election of the Speaker by the House of Commons.

On returning from hearing the Commission read1, the members of the House of Commons immediately proceed to choose a Speaker, the mace lying beneath the table of the House. The chair is taken by that member, present in the House and not being a Minister of the Crown, who has served for the longest period continuously as a member of the House (known as the Father of the House)2.

If the former Speaker has been re-elected to the House, the occupant of the chair ascertains whether the former Speaker is willing to be chosen as Speaker and, the former Speaker