How to Address MPs and the Attorney General

Members of the House of Representatives

Members of Parliament are usually referred to as ‘Dr./Mr./Mrs./Miss……, MP’ during their period in Office. If they are recipients of any state honours, the relevant post-nominal letters should be included before MP. For example, if a Member of Parliament is a member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander he/she would be styled: Dr./Mr./Mrs./Miss First Name, Last Name, CD, MP. If a Member of Parliament is the recipient of more than one state Order, the highest Order is placed first behind the surname, junior orders follow in succession. Also, if a Member of Parliament is a Cabinet Minister, he/she is styled Honourable.

Eg. Honourable First Name, Last Name, CD, MP

The formal manner of address in:

Writing:

Honourable/Dr./Mr/Mrs/Miss First Name, Last Name, MP
Member of Parliament for …………….

Opening Salutation:

Dear Sir (formal)
Dear Member of Parliament/Dear Dr./Mr./Mrs./Miss  Last Name (semi-formal)

……………………………………..
Yours faithfully (formal)
Yours sincerely (semi-formal)
[Signature]

The Speaker of the House of Representatives   

The Speaker of the House is formally styled ‘Mr./Madam Speaker’, within the precincts of the House. Socially and otherwise he/she is ‘Honourable”

The formal Mode of Address in:

Writing for the current Speaker of the House:

Honourable Pearnel Charles, CD, MP
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Houses of Parliament
[Address]

Opening Salutation:

Dear Sir/Madam (formal)
Dear Mr./Madam Speaker (semi-formal)

……………………………………………………..
Yours faithfully (formal)
Yours sincerely (semi-formal)
[Signature]

Formal Speech:

‘Honourable Pearnel Charles / ‘Mr. Speaker’

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives

The current Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives is formally addressed in:

Writing:

Mr. Franklyn Witter, MP
Deputy Speaker of the House
c/o Houses of Parliament

Opening Salutation:

‘Dear Sir/Madam (formal)
Dear Deputy Speaker (semi-formal)

……………………………………………………..
Yours faithfully (formal)
Yours sincerely (semi-formal)
[Signature]

The Attorney General

The Attorney General is referred to as Dr./Mr./Mrs. or ‘Honourable (if also a Minister of Government)’ on first reference, and ‘The Attorney General’ or ‘Mr/Mrs/Miss…………..’ on subsequent referrals.

This title is not hyphenated (neither is that of Solicitor General)

The formal mode of address in:

Writing for the current Attorney General:

Honourable Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, MP
Attorney General
Attorney General’s Department
[Address]

Opening Salutation:

Dear Sir/Madam (formal)
Dear Attorney General (semi-formal)

……………………………….
Yours faithfully (formal)
Yours sincerely (semi-formal)
[Signature]