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House of Commons recalled on 6 January 2021 at 11.30am

4 January 2021

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The Speaker of the House of Commons granted a request from the Government to recall the House at 11.30am on 6 January 2021. The Prime Minister made a statement providing a Covid-19 update, and MPs considered related public health regulations. 

Business when the House of Commons sits on 6 January 2021

Business paper for the 6 January 2021 have been published on the parliamentary website. The main elements of business are as follows:

  • Statement from the Prime Minister giving an update on Covid-19
  • Statement from the Secretary of State for Education giving an update on educational settings
  • Public Health (motion for approval

Hybrid Proceedings and Proxy Voting 

The current rules on virtual/hybrid proceedings allow for virtual participation in all questions, ministerial statements and debates.  

Recall of the House of Commons 

If there is an important development during a recess period, the House of Commons and House of Lords may be recalled.  

Standing Order 13 gives the Speaker the authority to recall the House of Commons, if he is satisfied it is within the public interest. 

Previous recalls 

The House of Commons was last recalled on 30 December 2020 to debate and vote on all stages of the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill. This was the 31st recall during a recess since 1948.