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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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House of Commons rises for conference recess

24 September 2021

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The House of Commons adjourned on Thursday 23 September for recess and will next sit on Monday 18 October at 2.30pm. 

Coming up after recess: 18 – 22 October

Debates scheduled for the week the House returns include: 

  • Monday 18 October
    • Judicial Review and Courts Bill: Second Reading
  • Tuesday 19 October
    • Opposition day – Debate subjects to be announced
    • Wednesday 20 October
    • PMQs
    • Environment Bill: Consideration of Lords amendments
  • Thursday 21 October
    • COP26 and limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius
    • World Menopause Month
    • Adjournment Debate: Black History Month
  • Friday 22 October
    • Private Members' Bills
      • The first bill being debated is the Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill: Second Reading

Find out about Westminster Hall debates taking place

All business is subject to change. More information about forthcoming Business in the House of Commons can be found in the Parliamentary Calendar.

What is recess? 

A recess is a break during the parliamentary session (year) in which neither the House of Commons or the House of Lords meets to conduct business.  

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.