If there is an important development during a recess period, the House of Commons and House of Lords may be recalled. Parliament has been recalled 27 times since 1948.
Below is a list of recalls with links to Commons Hansard.
Recalls of Parliament since 2010
Thursday 29 August 2013
The House of Commons and the House of Lords were both recalled at 2.30pm on Thursday 29 August to discuss Syria and the use of chemical weapons.
Wednesday 10 April 2013
The House of Commons and the House of Lords were both recalled at 2.30pm on Wednesday 10 April for tributes to be paid to Baroness Thatcher.
Thursday 11 August 2011
The House of Commons and the House of Lords were recalled on Thursday 11 August 2011 at 11.30am and 12.00pm respectively. There was a statement on civil disorder followed by a statement on the global economy. In the House of Commons these were followed by a debate on civil disorder.
Wednesday 20 July 2011
The House of Commons was recalled on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 11.30am. There was a statement on public confidence in the media and police followed by a debate on the same subject.
Recalls of Parliament 1948 - 2010
House of Lords recalls
Recalls of the House of Lords
This list sets out recall dates for the House of Lords going back to 1931.