House of Commons recess dates

The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Tom Brake, announced the recess dates up to January 2015 in the Business Statement given on Thursday 24 October 2013.

A motion making changes to the recess dates was agreed on Monday 2 December 2013.

2013-14 session

Recess

House rises

House returns

Whitsun 21 May 2013 3 June 2013
Summer 18 July 2013 2 September 2013
Conference 13 September 2013 8 October 2013
November 12 November 2013 18 November 2013

Christmas

19 December 2013

6 January 2014

February

13 February 2014

24 February 2014

Easter 10 April 2014

28 April 2014

May Day 1 May 2014 6 May 2014
Whitsun 22 May 2014 2 June 2014
State Opening:  8 May 2013 
Recall: 29 August 2013
2014-15 session
Recess House rises House returns
Summer 22 July 2014 1 September 2014
Conference 11 September 2014 13 October 2014
November 11 November 2014 17 November 2014
Christmas 18 December 2014 5 January 2015
State Opening: 4 June 2014

Parliament does not sit all year round. During periods called recesses, Members can carry out their other duties.

Recess dates are announced in the House of Commons by the Leader of the House of Commons. The exact pattern of recesses can change and is normally slightly different for the two Houses.