House of Commons rises for Christmas recess 2015

17 December 2015

The House of Commons adjourned on Thursday 17 December 2015 for the Christmas recess. The Commons Chamber will next sit at 2.30pm on Tuesday 5 January 2016.

Debates scheduled for the week the House returns include:

  • Housing and Planning Bill: Remaining stages
  • Debate on the state pension age on women
  • Debate on a motion relating to children in care

More information about forthcoming Business in the House of Commons can be found in the Parliamentary Calendar:

Related information

Sitting times

If the House of Commons sits on a Tuesday or Wednesday immediately following an adjournment of more than two days, then under Standing Order 9, Monday sitting times will apply and business will begin at 2.30pm.


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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