The Serjeant at Arms1 is appointed by the Crown under a warrant and letters patent to attend upon Her Majesty's person when there is no Parliament; and, at the time of every Parliament, to attend upon the Speaker of the House of Commons2. He is supported by the Department of Committee and Chamber Services, and is the executive officer who carries out the rules of the House and the orders of the Speaker with regard to the maintenance of order in the House3. He advises the Speaker directly, and arrests and holds in custody persons ordered to be imprisoned
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