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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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Trade and industry

How Britain's economic development over the past 300 years was influenced by Parliament


Parliament and the British Slave Trade

The Act of Parliament to abolish the British Slave Trade, passed on 25 March 1807, was the culmination of one of the first and most successful public campaigns in history

Import and export

Britain's success as a trading nation owes much to the part that Parliament has played in providing vital support and encouragement

Industry and community

Since the 18th century, Parliament has increasingly recognised the importance of passing legislation to encourage growth in industry to aid Britain's prosperity

Also within Living Heritage

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Business, industry and consumers

Current parliamentary information on the topic of industry