Business of the House of Lords

What are the sitting (meeting) hours of the House of Lords?

The hours of business in the House of Lords Chamber are generally:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays from 2.30pm
  • Wednesdays from 3pm
  • Thursdays from 11am
  • some Fridays from 10am

The House usually sits until 10-11pm, occasionally much later and sometimes all night.

How many days does the House of Lords sit in a session?

Session 2015-16: 149 days 

How long is the average sitting day in the House of Lords?

Session 2015-16: average daily hours sat = 6 hours 48 minutes

How many late sittings (after 10pm) were there last session?

Session 2015-16: 53

When was the longest sitting in recent years?

January 2011: From 2.30pm Monday 17 January until 12.52pm Tuesday 18 January on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.

  • March 2005: From 11am Thursday 10 March until 7.31pm Friday 11 March on the Prevention of Terrorism Bill.
  • October 2003: From 2.30pm Monday 20 October until 4.54am Tuesday 21 October on the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.
  • October 2000: From 2.30pm Tuesday 3 October until 7.58am Wednesday 4 October on the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill.
  • July 2000: From 2.30pm Monday 24 July until 5.12am Tuesday 25 July on the Football (Disorder) Bill.
  • June 1988: From 2.30pm Tuesday 28 June until 8.47am Wednesday 29 June on the Education Reform Bill.

What was the largest division (vote) in the House of Lords?

A total of 621 Members voted in the division on the European Communities (Amendment) Bill on 14 July 1993.

The vote concerned the ratification of the Maastricht treaty. To date it is the largest number of Members voting since 1831.

(The largest division since the House of Lords Act 1999 took place on 12 October 2011. The vote concerned the Health and Social Care Bill - a total of 592 Members voted). 

When was the House of Lords last recalled during a recess?

The House was last recalled on Monday 20 June 2016 for tributes to Jo Cox MP.

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