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Parliament's working year comes to a close: 2021-22 session ends

28 April 2022

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Parliament's 2021–22 session has been brought to a close with a 'prorogation' announcement on Thursday 28 April 2022.

The House of Commons and the House of Lords will next sit for the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 10 May 2022.

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 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 Chamber.

New legislation

Following scrutiny by both Houses, these Bills received Royal Assent on Thursday 28 April 2022:

  • Animals (Penalty Notices) Bill

  • Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill

  • Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill

  • British Sign Language Bill

  • Building Safety Bill

  • Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Bill

  • Down Syndrome Bill

  • Elections Bill

  • Glue Traps (Offences) Bill

  • Health and Care Bill

  • Judicial Review and Courts Bill

  • Local Government (Disqualification) Bill

  • Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill

  • Monken Hadley Common Bill

  • Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill

  • Nationality and Borders Bill

  • Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill

  • Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

  • Professional Qualifications Bill

  • Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

  • Subsidy Control Bill

  • Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill

What happens next?

State Opening

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday 10 May.

The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen's Speech sets out the government's agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. It is the only regular occasion when the three constituent parts of Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – meet.