Bercow: Commons clerks' wigs scrapped
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Bercow: Commons clerks' wigs scrapped

Speaker John Bercow announces that clerks in the House of Commons will no longer have to wear wigs.

The change will come into force when they return from the February half-term break.

Mr Bercow said the move would make Parliament's proceedings appear less stuffy. He added that the clerks would continue to wear gowns, to ensure they are recognised for their expertise on parliamentary procedure - and that they are not mistaken for MPs.

  • 06 Feb 2017