Duties under statute

4.28The Speaker is, by statute, Chairman of the House of Commons Commission (see para 6.2 ). Various other duties are laid upon the Speaker by statute, for instance by the Parliament Act 1911 (paras 30.55, 37.28 ); by the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 (see para 31.47 ); by the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975; by the Regency Act 1937, s 2; by the Consolidation of Enactments (Procedure) Act 1949, s 1(4) and (5); and by the Recess Elections Act 1975) (see para 2.16 ). Under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986, the Speaker is Chair of the four permanent Boundary Commissions, which keep under continuous review the distribution of seats at parliamentary elections. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, ss 34 and 36, the Speaker may, on specified grounds, issue certificates of exemption (see para 6.21 ). The Speaker is Chair of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, s 2). The Speaker is by statute a member, and by custom the elected Chair, of the Speaker's Committee on the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, sch 3, and the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, s 27).