End of the 2015-17 Parliament

05 May 2017

The 2016-17 Parliamentary session was brought to a close with a 'prorogation' announcement on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Parliament dissolved on Wednesday 3 May for the 2017 General Election on 8 June.

What is prorogation?

Prorogation marks the formal end of the Parliamentary session. It usually takes the form of an announcement, read on behalf of the Queen, in the House of Lords chamber.

About the prorogation announcement

The announcement lists the major pieces of legislation passed during the session and also describes other measures taken by the government during the Parliamentary year.

Once it has been read in the Lords, the same announcement is repeated by the Speaker in the House of Commons.

New legislation

The following Bills received Royal Assent on Thursday 27 April 2017:

What is dissolution?

Dissolution of Parliament

The Queen made a Proclamation dissolving the 2015-17 Parliament at a meeting of the Privy Council on 3 May 2017. The Proclamation was then brought to the Houses of Parliament for the dissolution formalities to be completed. It was sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm and Parliament was formally dissolved.

By tradition, once the Proclamation has been signed by the Queen, it is publicised as soon as it has been received. It was delivered by hand by the Privy Council Office to the Serjeant-at-Arms of the City of London at the Lord Mayor’s official residence, Mansion House. The Serjeant - also known as the Common Cryer - then proceeded to the Royal Exchange in the City of London and read out the Proclamation on 4 May at 10am.

What happens next?

New Parliament and State Opening

The Prime Minister will ask Her Majesty to summon the new Parliament to meet on Tuesday 13 June, when the business will be the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the swearing-in of MPs and members of the House of Lords.

The State Opening of Parliament will follow on Wednesday 21 June.

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