List of previous Commons Recess Dates

Current Recess Dates are available from our main recess page where both Commons and Lords information is located.

Recess dates 2015-16

State Opening: 27 May 2015

Prorogation: 12 May 2016

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Summer

21 July 2015

7 September 2015

Conference

17 September 2015

12 October 2015

November

10 November 2015

16 November 2015

Christmas

17 December 2015

5 January 2016

February 11 February 2016 22 February 2016
Easter 24 March 2016 11 April 2016

Recess dates 2014-15

State Opening: 4 June 2014

Prorogation: 26 March 2015

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Summer

22 July 2014

1 September 2014

Conference

12 September 2014

13 October 2014

November

11 November 2014

17 November 2014

Christmas

18 December 2014

5 January 2015

February 12 February 2015 23 February 2015

Recess dates 2013-14

State Opening: 8 May 2013

Prorogation: 14 May 2014

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

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

Recall: 29 August 2013 

 

Recess dates 2012-13

State Opening: 9 May 2012
Prorogation: 25 April 2013

Recess

House rises

House returns

Whitsun 24 May 2012 11 June 2012
Summer 17 July 2012 3 September 2012
Conference 18 September 2012 15 October 2012
Autumn 13 November 2012 19 November 2012
Christmas 20 December 2012 7 January 2013
February 14 February 2013 25 February 2013
Easter 26 March 2013* 15 April 2013

 *House recalled on 10 April 2013 

Recess dates 2010-12

State Opening: 25 May 2010
Prorogation: 1 May 2012
Total number of sitting days: 295

Recess

House rises

House returns

Whitsun

27 May 2010

2 June 2010

Summer

27 July 2010

6 September 2010

Conference Recess 16 September 2010 11 October 2010

Christmas

21 December 2010

10 January 2011

Half term

17 February 2011

28 February 2011

Easter

5 April 2011

26 April 2011

Whitsun 24 May 2011 7 June 2011
Summer 19 July 2011* 5 September 2011
Conference 15 September 2011 10 October 2011
Autumn 15 November 2011 21 November 2011
Christmas 20 December 2011 10 January 2012
Constituency 9 February 2012 20 February 2012
Easter 27 March 2012 16 April 2012

 *House recalled on 20 July & 11 August 2011

Recess dates 2009-10

State Opening: 18 November 2009
Prorogation: 8 April 2010
Dissolution: 12 April 2010
Total number of sitting days: 69 

Recess

House rises

House returns

Christmas

16 December 2009

5 January 2010

Half term

10 February 2010

22 February 2010

Easter

30 March 2010

6 April 2010

Recess dates 2008-09

State Opening: 3 December 2008
Prorogation:  12 November 2009
Total number of sitting days: 136 

Recess

House rises

House returns

Christmas

18 December 2008

12 January 2009

Half Term

12 February 2009

23 February 2009

Easter

2 April 2009

20 April 2009

Whitsun

21 May 2009

1 June 2009

Summer

21 July 2009

12 October 2009

Recess dates 2007-08

State Opening: 6 November 2007
Prorogation: 26 November 2008
Total number of sitting days: 165

Recess

House rises

House returns

Christmas

18 December 2007

7 January 2008

Half Term

7 February 2008

18 February 2008

Easter

3 April 2008

21 April 2008

Whitsun

22 May 2008

2 June 2008

Summer

22 July 2008

6 October 2008

Recess dates 2006-07

State Opening: 15 November 2006
Prorogation: 30 October 2007
Total number of sitting days: 146

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

19 Dec 2006

8 Jan 2007

Half Term Week

8 Feb 2007

19 Feb 2007

Easter

29 Mar 2007

16 Apr 2007

Whitsun

24 May 2007

4 Jun 2007

Summer

26 Jul 2007

8 Oct 2007

Recess dates 2005-06

State Opening: 17 May 2005
Prorogation: 8 November 2006
Total number of sitting days: 208

Recess

House will rise

House returns

Whitsun

26 May 2005

6 Jun 2005

Summer

21 July 2005

10 Oct 2005

Christmas

20 Dec 2005

9 Jan 2006

Half Term Week

16 Feb 2006

27 Feb 2006

Easter

30 Mar 2006

18 Apr 2006

Whitsun

25 May 2006

5 Jun 2006

Summer

25 Jul 2006

9 Oct 2006

Recess dates 2004-05

State Opening: 23 November 2004
Dissolution: 7 April 2005
Total number of sitting days: 65

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

21 Dec 2004

10 Jan 2005

Half Term Week

10 Feb 2005

21 Feb 2005

Easter

24 Mar 2005

4 Apr 2005

Date of General Election: 5 May 2005

Recess dates 2003-04

State Opening: 26 November 2003
Prorogation: 18 November 2004
Total number of sitting days: 157

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

18 Dec 2003

5 Jan 2004

Half Term Week

12 Feb 2004

23 Feb 2004

Easter

1 Apr 2004

19 Apr 2004

Whitsun

27 May 2004

7 Jun 2004

Summer

22 Jul 2004

7 Sep 2004

Conference

16 Sep 2004

11 Oct 2004

Recess dates 2002-03

State Opening: 13 November 2002
Prorogation: 20 November 2003
Total number of sitting days: 162

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House
Christmas

19 Dec 2002

7 Jan 2003

Half Term Week

13 Feb 2003

24 Feb 2003

Easter (and constituency week)

14 Apr 2003

28 Apr 2003
Whitsun

22 May 2003

3 Jun 2003

Summer

17 Jul  2003 8 Sep 2003
Conference break 18 Sep 2003 14 Oct 2003

Recess dates 2001-02

State Opening: 20 June 2001
Prorogation: 7 Nov 2002
Total number of sitting days: 201

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Summer

20 Jul 2001

15 Oct 2001

Christmas

19 Dec 2001

8 Jan 2002

Constituency week

15 Feb 2002

25 Feb 2002

Easter

26 Mar 2002

10 Apr 2002

May day

2 May 2002

7 May 2002

Whitsun

24 May 2002

10 Jun 2002

Summer

24 Jul 2002

15 Oct 2002

Recess dates 2000-01

State Opening: 6 December 2000
Dissolution: 3 May 2001
Total number of sitting days: 83

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

21 Dec 2000

8 Jan 2001

Constituency days

16 Feb 2001

26 Feb 2001

Easter

10 Apr 2001

23 Apr 2001

Date of General Election: 7 June 2001

Recess dates 1999-2000

State Opening: 24 November 1999
Prorogation: 30 November 2000
Total number of sitting days: 171

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

21 Dec 1999

10 Jan 2000

Constituency days

22 Feb 2000

28 Feb 2000

Easter

20 Apr 2000

2 May 2000

Whitsun

25 May 2000

5 Jun 2000

Summer

28 Jul 2000

23 Oct 2000

Recess dates 1998-99

State Opening: 24 November 1998
Prorogation: 11 November 1999
Total number of sitting days: 149

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

17 Dec 1998

11 Jan 1999

Constituency days

16 Feb 1999

22 Feb 1999

Easter

31 Mar 1999

13 Apr 1999

May day

30 Apr 1999

04 May 1999

Whitsun

26 May 1999

8 Jun 1999

Summer

27 Jul 1999

19 Oct 1999

Recess dates 1997-98

State Opening:14 May 1997
Prorogation:  19 November 1998
Total number of sitting days: 241

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Spring Bank Holiday

22 May 1997

2 Jun 1997

Summer

31 Jul 1997

27 Oct 1997

Christmas

22 Dec 1997

12 Jan 1998

Easter

8 Apr 1998

20 Apr 1998

May day

1 May 1998

5 May 1998

Whitsun

21 May 1998

1 Jun 1998

Summer

31 Jul 1998

19 Oct 1998

Recess dates 1996-97

State Opening: 23 October 1996
Prorogation: 21 March 1997
Dissolution:  April 1997
Total number of sitting days: 86

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

19 Dec 1996

13 Jan 1997

Date of General Election: 1 May 1997

Recess dates 1995-96

State Opening: 15 November 1995
Prorogation: 17 October 1996
Total number of sitting days: 146

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

20 Dec 1995

9 Jan 1996

Easter

3 Apr 1996

16 Apr 1996

May day

3 May 1996

7 May 1996

Spring Bank Holiday

22 May 1996

4 Jun 1996

Summer

24 Jul 1996

14 Oct 1996

Recess dates 1994-95

State Opening: 16 November 1994
Prorogation: 8 November 1995
Total number of sitting days: 159

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

20 Dec 1994

10 Jan 1995

Easter

5 Apr 1995

18 Apr 1995

May day

5 May 1995

9 May 1995

Spring Bank Holiday*

25 May 1995

6 Jun 1995

Summer

19 Jul 1995

16 Oct 1995

*Emergency recall: 31 May 1995

Recess dates 1993-94

State Opening: 18 November 1993
Prorogation: 3 November 1994
Total number of sitting days: 154

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

17 Dec 1993

11 Jan 1994

Easter

31 Mar 1994

12 Apr 1994

May day

29 Apr 1994

3 May 1994

Spring Bank Holiday

26 May 1994

13 Jun 1994

Summer

21 Jul 1994

17 Oct 1994

Recess dates 1992-93

State Opening: 6 May 1992
Prorogation: 5 November 1993
Total number of sitting days: 240

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Spring Bank Holiday

22 May 1992

2 Jun 1992

Summer

16 Jul 1992

19 Oct 1992

Christmas

17 Dec 1992

11 Jan 1993

Easter

2 Apr 1993

14 Apr 1993

May day

30 Apr 1993

4 May 1993

Spring Bank Holiday

27 May 1993

7 Jun 1993

Summer

27 Jul 1993

18 Oct 1993

Recess dates 1991-92

State Opening: 31 October 1991
Dissolution: 16 March 1992
Total number of sitting days: 83

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

20 Dec 1991

13 Jan 1992

Date of General Election: 9 April 1992

Recess dates 1990-91

State Opening: 7 November 1990
Prorogation: 22 October 1991
Total number of sitting days: 160

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

20 Dec 1990

14 Jan 1991

Easter

28 Mar 1991

15 Apr 1991

May day

3 May 1991

7 May 1991

Spring Bank Holiday

23 May 1991

3 Jun 1991

Summer

25 Jul 1991

14 Oct 1991

Recess dates 1989-90

State Opening: 21 November 1989
Prorogation: 1 November 1990
Total number of sitting days: 167

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

21 Dec 1989

8 Jan 1990

Easter

5 Apr 1990

18 Apr 1990

May day

4 May 1990

8 May 1990

Spring Bank Holiday

24 May 1990

5 Jun 1990

Summer

26 Jul 1990

15 Oct 1990

Recess dates 1988-89

State Opening: 22 November 1988
Prorogation: 16 November 1989
Total number of sitting days: 176

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

22 Dec 1988

10 Jan 1989

Easter

23 Mar 1989

4 Apr 1989

May day

28 Apr 1989

2 May 1989

Spring Bank Holiday

26 May 1989

6 Jun 1989

Summer

28 Jul 1989

17 Oct 1989

Recess dates 1987-88

State Opening: 25 June 1987
Prorogation: 15 November 1988
Total number of sitting days: 218

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Summer

24 Jul 1987

21 Oct 1987

Christmas

18 Dec 1987

11 Jan 1988

Easter

31 Mar 1988

12 Apr 1988

May day

29 Apr 1988

3 May 1988

Spring Bank Holiday

27 May 1988

7 Jun 1988

Summer

29 Jul 1988

19 Oct 1988

Recess dates 1986-87

State Opening: 12 November 1986
Dissolution: 15 May 1987
Total number of sitting days: 109

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

19 Dec 1986

12 Jan 1987

Easter

10 Apr 1987

22 Apr 1987

May day

1 May 1987

5 May 1987

Date of General Election: 11 June 1987

Recess dates 1985-86

State Opening: 6 November 1985
Prorogation: 7 November 1986
Total number of sitting days: 172

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

20 Dec 1985

13 Jan 1986

Easter

27 Mar 1986

8 Apr 1986

May day

2 May 1986

6 May 1986

Spring Bank Holiday

23 May 1986

3 Jun 1986

Summer

25 Jul 1986

21 Oct 1986

Recess dates 1984-85

State Opening: 6 November 1984
Prorogation: 30 October 1985
Total number of sitting days: 172

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

21 Dec 1984

9 Jan 1985

Easter

4 Apr 1985

15 Apr 1985

May day

3 May 1985

7 May 1985

Spring Bank Holiday

24 May 1985

3 Jun 1985

Summer

26 Jul 1985

21 Oct 1985

Recess dates 1983-84

State Opening: 22 June 1983
Prorogation: 31 October 1984
Total number of sitting days: 213

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Summer

29 Jul 1983

24 Oct 1983

Christmas

22 Dec 1983

16 Jan 1984

Easter

13 Apr 1984

25 Apr 1984

May day

4 May 1984

8 May 1984

Spring Bank Holiday

25 May 1984

4 Jun 1984

Summer

1 Aug 1984

22 Oct 1984

Recess dates 1982-83

State Opening: 3 November 1982
Dissolution: 13 May 1983
Total number of sitting days: 115

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

23 Dec 1982

17 Jan 1983

Easter

31 Mar 1983

11 Apr 1983

May day

29 Apr 1983

3 May 1983

Date of General Election: 9 June 1983

Recess dates 1981-82

State Opening: 4 November 1981
Prorogation: 28 October 1982
Total number of sitting days: 174

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

23 Dec 1981

18 Jan 1982

Easter*

8 Apr 1982

19 Apr 1982

May day

30 Apr 1982

7 May 1982

Spring Bank Holiday

28 May 1982

8 Jun 1982

Summer

30 Jul 1982

18 Oct 1982

*Emergency recall: 14 April 1982

Recess dates 1980-81

State Opening: 20 November 1980
Prorogation: 30 October 1981
Total number of sitting days: 163

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Christmas

19 Dec 1980

12 Jan 1981

Easter

16 Apr 1981

27 Apr 1981

May day

1 May 1981

5 May 1981

Spring Bank Holiday

22 May 1981

1 Jun 1981

Summer (29 July holiday for Royal Wedding)

31 Jul 1981

19 Oct 1981

Recess dates 1979-80

Date of General Election: 3 May 1979
State Opening: 15 May 1979
Prorogation: 13 November 1980
Total number of sitting days (including swearing-in): 244

Recess

Rise of the House

Return of the House

Spring Bank Holiday & European Assembly Elections

25 May 1979

11 Jun 1979

Summer

27 Jul 1979

22 Oct 1979

Christmas

21 Dec 1979

14 Jan 1980

Easter

3 Apr 1980

14 Apr 1980

May day

2 May 1980

6 May 1980

Spring Bank Holiday

23 May 1980

2 Jun 1980

Summer

8 Aug 1980

27 Oct 1980

State Opening of Parliament

Further information on this is available on the House of Lords FAQ: State Opening.

Further information on the parliamentary timetable is included in the House of Commons Information Office Factsheet P4: Sittings of the House (PDF PDF 274 KB).