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Sitting hours

Published Thursday, November 5, 2015

This House of Commons briefing paper outlines changes to the Commons sitting hours that were implemented 15 October 2012. It charts how the sitting hours have changed since 1997.

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Current sitting hours

From 15 October 2012, the House has sat at the following times (the moment of interruption, rather than the rise of the House is quoted):

            Monday             2.30pm – 10.00pm

            Tuesday             11.30am – 7.00pm

            Wednesday       11.30am – 7.00pm

            Thursday            9.30am – 5.00pm

            Friday                 9.30am – 2.30pm

These hours were agreed on 11 July 2012, when the House debated proposals for changes to sitting hours on Monday to Thursday that were outlined in a report from the Procedure Committee. Following the debate, the House agreed to changes to sitting times on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The previous sitting hours

The previous sitting hours, from the beginning of the 2005 Parliament had been (the moment of interruption, rather than the rise of the House is quoted):

            Monday             2.30pm – 10.00pm

            Tuesday             2.30pm – 10.00pm

            Wednesday       11.30am – 7.00pm

            Thursday            10.30am – 6.00pm

            Friday                 9.30am – 2.30pm

Commons Briefing papers SN06380

Author: Richard Kelly

Topics: House of Commons, Parliamentary procedure

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