House of Commons rises for Summer recess

18 July 2012

The House of Commons adjourned on Tuesday 17 July for the Summer recess. The Commons will return on Monday 3 September 2012.

Summer adjournment debate

MPs held a general debate on matters to be raised before the adjournment of the House of Commons for the Summer recess. Watch and read the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.


Parliament does not sit all year round. During periods called recesses, MPs and Members of the House of Lords can carry out their other duties. The exact pattern of recesses can change and is usually slightly different for the two Houses of Parliament.

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