Black Rod


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Black Rod

1. (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
2. a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures
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The monarch invested Sarah Clarke as Lady Usher of the Black Rod in the private audience room at Buckingham Palace, by presenting her with the thin, ebony Black Rod and chain of office.
With a lot of persuasion and the support of Black Rod, Baroness Smith has finally laid a plaque where it should have been put more than 80 years ago.
Our Black Rod (the personal representative of the Queen) is sent to summon the House of Commons ...
Yesterday's advice was circulated by the Sergeant at Arms and Black Rod, who oversee security in the Commons and Lords, and was based on police advice, the Daily Express reports.
The e-mail from the senior Commons official responsible for security, the Serjeant at Arms Jill Pay, and her counterpart in the Lords, the acting Black Rod Ted Lloyd-Jukes, said the plan had been drawn up in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
ANSWERS: 1 Black Rod; 2 Lent; 3 Two; 4 Robbie Coltrane; 5 Hinduism; 6 George Eastman; 7 Bob Geldof; 8 Zardoz; 9 Sir John Dankworth; 10 The Paralympics.
Commons official Black Rod refused to confirm Downing Street's version of events, forcing Campbell to back down.
race is at two." to Black Rod Of Commons Punters and pundits alike have attributed the substandard performance to the course rather than the horse.
PARLIAMENT'S first female Black Rod has been welcomed to her new role in the House of Lords.
David Leakey, who is the current Black Rod, did well to hold it together.
When Black Rod approaches the door it is slammed in his face and he has to knock to get permission to enter.
12:15 Conducted tour of the National Council of Provinces, including a briefing on procedural matters by the Secretary to the National Council of Provinces, Adv ME Phindela, with the Usher of the Black Rod, Mr V Shabalala or a representative.