The Standing Committee oversees CSPOC activities. It is composed of 15 members, with 5 members constituting a quorum. The Committee is chaired by the Speaker of the lower House of the jurisdiction hosting the next conference. The term of office extends from the end of one conference to the end of the next conference.
In accordance with the Standing Rules, the Committee membership is composed of regional representatives and three ex-officio members (the last host, the current host and the next hosting member). The election of the Standing Committee members usually occurs during the closing plenary of each conference.
The functions of the Standing Committee shall be:
The Secretary is responsible for organizing the Standing Committee meetings in the year between conferences of the Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers. In that capacity, the Secretary consults, creates and communicates the agenda to the Committee and acts as liaison among the membership and with the host Parliament.
The Secretary is also responsible for: