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Parliamentary Sessions: Years Without a Queen's Speech

Published Thursday, June 22, 2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides statistics on sessions since 1900 that have lasted for more than 12 months and lists the years in which there has been no Queen’s/King’s Speech. It also sets out how the length of a session is established.

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Following the 2017 general election, the Government announced that the first session of the new parliament would be extended to two years.  As a result, there is expected to be no Queen’s Speech in 2018. The last year in which there was no Queen’s Speech was 2011. Prior to this, there was no King’s Speech in 1915, 1925 or 1949.

The 2010–12 session was the longest since 1900 in terms of the number of sitting days. During this session, the House of Commons sat for a total of 295 days.  Prior to this the longest session in terms of sitting days was the 1966–67 session in which the House of Commons sat for a total of 246 days.

Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0032

Author: Edward Scott

Topics: Constitution, Parliament

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