What are the sitting (meeting) hours of the House of Commons?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11.30am-7.30pm
Sitting Fridays 9.30am-3pm
What are the sitting (meeting) hours for Westminster Hall debates?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am and 2.30-5.30pm
The House of Commons agreed on 24 February 2015 to extend the final debate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Westminster Hall from half an hour to an hour, and that sittings in Westminster Hall will take place on Mondays if the Petitions Committee has agreed that one or more petitions or e-petitions should be considered on that day.
When has the House of Commons sat on a Friday during the 2017-19 session?
The House has sat on the following Fridays to consider Private Members' Bills:
- 20 October 2017
- 3 November 2017
- 1 December 2017
- 19 January 2018
- 2 February 2018
- 23 February 2018
- 16 March 2018
- 27 April 2018
- 11 May 2018
- 15 June 2018
- 6 July 2018
- 26 October 2018
- 23 November 2018
Additional dates agreed to on 30 Jan 2019:
- 8 February 2019
- 15 March 2019
- 22 March 2019
Additional date agreed to on 28 March 2019:
When did the House of Commons sit on a Friday during the 2016-17 session?
Private Members' business had precedence over government business on the following Fridays:
- 21 October 2016
- 28 October 2016
- 4 November 2016
- 18 November 2016
- 25 November 2016
- 2 December 2016
- 16 December 2016
- 13 January 2017
- 20 January 2017
- 27 January 2017
- 3 February 2017
- 24 February 2017
- 24 March 2017
When is the next recess?
Find current recess dates for the House of Commons
How many days did the House of Commons sit (meet) during the 2016-17 Session?
142 days in the 2016-17 session
How long did the House of Commons sit in total during the 2016-17 Session?
1068 hours and 34 minutes in the 2016-17 session
How long did the House of Commons sit each day on average during the 2016-17 Session?
7 hours and 32 minutes in the 2016-17 session
How many Early Day Motions (EDMs) were there during the last session?
1205 in the 2016-17 session
Which EDM holds the record for the largest number of signatures?
Malcolm Savidge's EDM on the need to avoid conflict between India and Pakistan gained 502 signatures (2001-02).
How many divisions (votes) were there during the last session?
198 in the 2016-17 session.
How much time do MPs have to vote when a division is called?
What is the cost of answering a parliamentary question?
Oral question costs £450 on average. Written question costs £164 on average
When was the House of Commons first broadcast live?
First live radio broadcast on 3 April 1978 First live television broadcast on 21 November 1989.
How often has the House of Commons sat for over 24 hours continuously?
21 times since 1877
Can the House of Commons sit (meet) on a Saturday?
Although it is possible, weekend sittings are very rare. The House has only sat on five Saturdays since 1939.
2 September 1939 - Outbreak of World War II
30 July 1949 - Summer adjournment debates – last sitting of the summer
3 November 1956 - Suez Crises
3 April 1982 - Falkland Islands invasion
19 October 2019 - An EU Withdrawal Agreement
How many Government Bills were successful in the last session?
24 in the 2016-17 session
How many Private Members' Bills were successful in the last session?
8 in the 2016-17 session
When was the ballot for Private Members' Bills?
The ballot for the 2017-19 session was held on Thursday 29 June 2017. The formal presentation of ballot Bills for the 2017-19 session took place in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 July 2017.
Can MPs successful in the ballot claim any extra allowances?
Yes. The ten MPs placed highest in the ballot may claim up to £200 expenses in drafting their Bills.