Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of Legislation in the House of Commons, entered the House of Commons Service through CSSB (the forerunner of the Fast Stream) in 1977. He has clerked a number of select committees including Agriculture, the Channel Tunnel Bill, Social Security and Education & Employment (later Education & Skills). He was the lead Commons Clerk on the Joint Committees on the draft House of Lords Reform Bill (2011-12) and on Parliamentary Privilege (2013). As Clerk of Legislation he is responsible for ensuring the continuity and consistency of procedural advice on the application of the rules and practices that govern the House’s consideration of financial and legislative business. His overseas work has taken him to more than 30 countries, focussing most recently on Burma/Myanmar.