The Parliament of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is modelled on that of the British Parliament. However, whereas Britain has two Houses of Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords and together with the Queen, make up Parliament; the St Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament is comprised of the House of Assembly and the Governor-General.
At present, the House of Assembly consists of 23 Members. These include 15 elected Members (Representatives) six Senators, the Attorney General (a Civil Servant) and the Speaker. The membership of the House may vary, because, as is the case now, the Attorney-General, who is a Public Servant, and the Speaker of the House, may be elected from outside of the House. In any case, they are always regarded as members of the House.
Speakers of the House of Assembly
The longest-serving Speaker to be elected in the House of Assembly was the Hon. Hendrick Alexander. The Speaker is not an elected Member, nor is he a Senator. Neither the Speaker nor his Deputy can be a Minister of Government.