House of Commons in recess

21 May 2020

The House of Commons is now in recess for two weeks. 

The week before the House rose saw MPs ask about the NHS surcharge at PMQs, as well as urgent questions on issues such as EU trade negotiations.

It was also announced that MPs will be physically returning to the House after recess.


On Wednesday 20 May the House of Commons rose for a two-week recess for the Whitsun holiday. MPs will no longer conduct business in the Chamber, but Committee work is ongoing.

MPs will return to the Chamber on 2 June 2020.

Hybrid Parliament

It was announced by the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, this week that MPs would have to participate in proceedings in-person when the House sits again after the Whitsun recess.

After being approved by a motion on 21 April 2020, video conferencing technology had allowed MPs to question ministers and participate in debates from the comfort of their homes. Mr Rees-Mogg said that the hybrid system was "only ever envisaged as temporary".

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 20 May, MPs questioned the Prime Minister about Covid-19 related deaths in care homes, the NHS surcharge for foreign NHS and care workers, air pollution, homelessness and more.

Statements and urgent questions

This week there were two statement and four urgent questions.


Urgent questions


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