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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Parliament's international work

The UK Parliament works closely with other national and international parliaments and is an active member of various international parliamentary assemblies. Some of Parliament’s select committees focus on international matters too.

Foreign parliamentarians regularly visit our Parliament to study policy issues, share ways of working and exchange views. Members of the UK Parliament also make similar visits abroad.

The purpose of this work is to:

  • exchange views
  • improve understanding on issues of mutual concern
  • develop good working relationships
  • scrutinise and inform UK policies

Doing these things advances UK interests.

 

The Speakers

Mr Speaker and the Lord Speaker represent the two Houses to the Parliaments of other countries. 

Mr Speaker

The Lord Speaker

Commons Interparliamentary Relations Office

The House of Commons Interparliamentary Relations Office supports incoming visits to the UK Parliament by overseas parliamentarians and parliamentary officials and provides advice and assistance to fellow parliaments on the practices and procedures of the UK Parliament. 

It also supports the work of the delegations to the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe (PACE), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO PA) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA).

The House of Commons Interparliamentary Relations Office publishes a regular newsletter with updates on activities.

Email: ipro@parliament.uk

Commons Interparliamentary engagement strategy

In June 2023, the House of Commons Administration published its first strategy for interparliamentary engagement. Our mission for this work is: 

To ensure the House of Commons administration is an active and valued participant in the
international, interparliamentary community.

Lords Inter-Parliamentary Relations Office

The Lords Inter-Parliamentary Relations Office is responsible for relations between the House of Lords and overseas parliaments. This includes advising and supporting the Lord Speaker; supporting Lords participation in international conferences; and supporting inward visits of Parliamentarians and officials.

Email: paulz@parliament.uk 

UK Parliament Study Programme

The UK Parliament Study Programme is our annual knowledge exchange programme for overseas parliamentary officials. It offers participating officials an opportunity to:

  • Learn about UK Parliament approaches to procedural and corporate issues.
  • Have full and frank exchanges on issues common to all legislatures.
  • Establish strong professional links with UK officials and colleagues from participating legislatures.
  • Learn about each other’s common challenges.

Find out more, including how to apply, on the UK Parliament Study Programme page.

Letters of condolence on the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The UK Parliament has received many expressions of condolence from overseas parliaments, governments and diplomatic missions following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Mr Speaker and the Lord Speaker are making these letters available for all to read, so that the public may share in the kindness and respect shown by the international community to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom at this time of great sadness.

View expressions of condolence listed A-Z by country/organisation.

International assemblies

Parliament participates in the work of the following international assemblies:

                                                                                      

UK Parliament and the European Union 

Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

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Commons International Development Committee

Lords International Relations and Defence Committee

Index of Select Committees