Meeting of the new Parliament

It is anticipated that on Tuesday 17 December the House will meet at 2.30pm for a Royal Commission. When the House meets, and assuming the date of meeting above, the following arrangements will apply: The Commons will be summoned and directed to proceed to the choice of their Speaker and to present the person chosen for Her Majesty’s approval. The House will continue in session until 7.30pm in order to enable Members to take the Oath of Allegiance, or to affirm.

On Wednesday 18 December the House will meet at 2.30pm and it is expected that the Lords Commissioners will receive the Commons Speaker-elect. The House will remain sitting until 7.30pm, to enable Members to take the Oath. 

Members attending the State Opening of Parliament must previously have taken the Oath. The Oath may not be taken in the morning of the State Opening.

Forthcoming Business

Forthcoming Business advertises the business which the Government anticipates the House will
take in the coming three weeks. It should be read together with the formal Order Paper produced by the Clerk of the Parliaments available from the Printed Paper Office and www.parliament.uk/lords.

Timings in italics are estimates only: business may take more or less time than that estimated. Other times are maximums: business may take less time than the maximum.

Items marked ‡ are expected to be taken during the dinner or lunch break. This usually starts at
around 7.30pm or 1.30pm but may start earlier or later.

The advertised business on any day may be interrupted for a Ministerial statement.

The number of sessions shown for a stage of a bill represents the Government’s assessment of
reasonable time given the balance of bills and remaining days to the likely end of the session.
†indicates agreement in the Usual Channels as to that assessment. Progress remains in the hands of the House. Report stage is usually half the length of Committee.