Recess dates

Parliament does not sit all year round. During periods called recesses, Members can carry out their other duties.

Recess dates are announced in the House of Commons by the Leader of the House of Commons. In the House of Lords recess dates are announced by the Chief Whip. This page is updated when any announcements are made.

The exact pattern of recesses can change and is normally slightly different for the two Houses.

House of Commons

Recess dates 2010-12 (Note: All recess dates are provisional)

State Opening: 25 May 2010

Recess

House rises

House returns

Whitsun

27 May 2010

2 June 2010

Summer

27 July 2010

6 September 2010

Conference Recess 16 September 2010 11 October 2010

Christmas

21 December 2010

10 January 2011

Half term

17 February 2011

28 February 2011

Easter

5 April 2011

26 April 2011

Whitsun 24 May 2011 7 June 2011
Summer 19 July 2011* 5 September 2011
Conference 15 September 2011 10 October 2011
Autumn 15 November 2011 21 November 2011
Christmas 20 December 2011 10 January 2012
Constituency 9 February 2012 20 February 2012
Easter 27 March 2012 16 April 2012

 *House recalled on 20 July & 11 August 2011

Recess dates 2012-13 (Note: All recess dates are provisional)

State Opening: 9 May 2012

Recess

House rises

House returns

Whitsun 24 May 2012 11 June 2012
Summer 17 July 2012 3 September 2012
Conference 18 September 2012 15 October 2012
Autumn 13 November 2012 19 November 2012
Christmas 20 December 2012 7 January 2013


House of Lords

Recess dates 2010-12, 2012-13 (Note: All recess dates are provisional)

State Opening: 25 May 2010

The date of the State Opening for the 2012-13 session is to be confirmed

Recess

House rises

House returns

Whitsun

26 May 2010

2 June 2010

Summer

28 July 2010

5 October 2010

Christmas

22 December 2010

10 January 2011

Half term

16 February 2011

28 February 2011

Easter

6 April 2011

26 April 2011

Whitsun 25 May 2011 6 June 2011
Summer 20 July 2011 5 September 2011
15 September 2011 3 October 2011
Autumn 16 November 2011 21 November 2011
Christmas 21 December 2011 10 January 2012
Half term 16 February 2012 27 February 2012
Easter 28 March 2012 16 April 2012
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 30 May 2012 11 June 2012
Summer 25 July 2012 8 October 2012
Autumn 14 November 2012 19 November 2012
Christmas 20 December 2012 8 January 2013