The 2014-15 Parliamentary session has been brought to a close with a 'prorogation' announcement on Thursday 26 March 2015.
This year's general election also means that, following prorogation, Parliament will be dissolved on Monday 30 March 2015.
What is prorogation?
Prorogation marks the formal end of the Parliamentary session. It usually takes the form of an announcement, read on behalf of the Queen, in the House of Lords chamber.
About the prorogation announcement
The announcement lists the major pieces of legislation passed during the session and also describes other measures taken by the government during the Parliamentary year.
Once it has been read in the Lords, the same announcement is repeated by the Speaker in the House of Commons.
The following government bills received Royal Assent on Thursday 26 March 2015:
What happens next?
Dissolution of Parliament
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 Parliament will be dissolved on Monday 30 March 2015 and the date of the next general election has been set as Thursday 7 May 2015.
New Parliament and State Opening
The Prime Minister will ask Her Majesty to summon the new Parliament to meet on Monday 18 May, when the business will be the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of members.
The State Opening of Parliament will follow on Wednesday 27 May.