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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Religion and belief: Key dates 1689 to 1829

1689
Toleration Act: allowed dissenters to worship in their own chapels and meeting houses, provided these were licensed by Justices of the Peace

1698
Blasphemy Act: denial of Christianity made punishable with three years imprisonment

1699
Popery Act: disallowed Catholic schooling, inheritance and purchase of land

1715
'Papists Act': required Catholics to register their names and estates

1722
Act levied a tax on Catholics

1736
Witchcraft Act repealed the laws against witchcraft

1778
Catholic Relief Act: Catholics allowed to purchase land and join the army

1791
Catholic Relief Act: gave Catholics freedom of worship and removed other restrictions

1828
Repeal of Test and Corporation Acts removed remaining barriers against dissenters

1829
Catholic Emancipation Act: allowed Catholics to sit in Parliament, vote in elections and hold public office