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Recall of Parliament

If there is an important development during a recess period, the House of Commons and House of Lords may be recalled. The House of Commons has been recalled 34 times since 1948.

When has the House of Commons been recalled?

Recalls are listed below with links to the debates or further information.

Wednesday 18 August 2021

The House of Commons and House of Lords were recalled to debate the situation in Afghanistan.

Monday 12 April 2021

The House of Commons was recalled to meet on Monday 12 April 2021 for tributes to be paid following the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Wednesday 6 January 2021

The House of Commons was recalled to debate and vote on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

Wednesday 30 December 2020

The House of Commons and House of Lords were recalled to debate legislation to give effect to the Agreement with the EU in UK law - passage of the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020.

Tuesday 2 June 2020

The House of Commons was recalled to meet at the earlier time of 11.30am (instead of 2.30pm) on 2 June 2020 to allow time for the House to make a decision on the form divisions should take during the continuing pandemic.

Monday 20 June 2016

The House of Commons and House of Lords were both recalled at 2.30pm on Monday 20 June 2016 to pay tribute to Jo Cox MP.

Friday 26 September 2014

The House of Commons and the House of Lords were both recalled at 10.30am on Friday 26 September 2014 to discuss developments in Iraq. 

Thursday 29 August 2013

The House of Commons and the House of Lords were both recalled at 2.30pm on Thursday 29 August to discuss Syria and the use of chemical weapons.

Wednesday 10 April 2013

The House of Commons and the House of Lords were both recalled at 2.30pm on Wednesday 10 April for tributes to be paid to Baroness Thatcher.

Thursday 11 August 2011

The House of Commons and the House of Lords were recalled on Thursday 11 August 2011 at 11.30am and 12.00pm respectively. There was a statement on civil disorder followed by a statement on the global economy.  In the House of Commons these were followed by a debate on civil disorder.

Wednesday 20 July 2011

The House of Commons was recalled on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 11.30am. There was a statement on public confidence in the media and police followed by a debate on the same subject.

Recalls of the House of Commons 1948 - 2010

Date of Sitting

Reason for Recall

Tue 24 Sept 2002 Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Wed 3 April 2002 Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Mon 8 Oct 2001 Coalition against International Terrorism
Thu 4 Oct 2001 Coalition against International Terrorism
Fri 14 Sept 2001 International Terrorism and Attacks in the USA
Wed/Thurs 2 & 3 Sept 1998 Omagh bomb; Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill
Wed 31 May 1995 Bosnia
Thu/Fri 24 & 25 Sept 1992 Economic Policy
United Nations operations - Yugoslavia, Iraq, Somalia
Thu/Fri 6 & 7 Sept 1990 Kuwait invasion
Wed 14 April 1982 Falkland Islands
Sat 3 April 1982 Falkland Islands
Mon/Tues 3 & 4 June 1974 Northern Ireland
Wed/Thurs 9 & 10 Jan 1974 Fuel - state of emergency; three day working week
Wed/Thurs 22 & 23 Sept 1971 Northern Ireland
Tue 26 May 1970 until
Fri 29 May 1970
Prorogation followed by dissolution - 1970 General Election
Mon/Tues 26 & 27 Aug 1968 Czechoslovakia; Czechoslovakia, Nigeria
Tue 16 Jan 1968 Government public expenditure cuts
Tue 17 Oct 1961 until
Mon 23 Oct 1961
Berlin Crisis
Fri 18 Sept 1959 Prorogation followed by dissolution - 1959 General Election
Wed 12 Sept 1956 to
Fri 14 Sept 1956
Suez Crisis
Thu 4 Oct 1951 Prorogation followed by dissolution - 1951 General Election
Tue 12 Sept 1950 until
Tue 19 Sept 1950
Korean War
Tue 27 Sept 1949 to
Thu 29 Sept 1949
Devaluation of Sterling

House of Lords recalls

Recalls of the House of Lords 
This list sets out recall dates for the House of Lords going back to 1931.

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