Days and times of sitting

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25.2The House ordinarily meets for public business on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It meets on approximately one Friday each month.1 The normal hour of meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays is 2.30 pm; on Wednesdays is 3 pm; on Thursdays 11 am2; and on Fridays 10 am.3 The House often meets at 11 am on the last day before a recess. The order of adjournment may prescribe any other time for the meeting of the House.4

For the recall of the House for public business under Standing Order No 16, see para 8.13.


  1. 1. Very rarely the House has sat on Saturday (eg 3 April 1982) and Sunday (eg 3 September 1939).
  2. 2. The House has sat at 2.15 pm on Monday and Tuesday, and 10.45 am on Thursday, to allow three Introductions to be scheduled: HL Deb (24 June 2010) 719, c 1429.
  3. 3. LJ (2006–07) 853; ibid (2007–08) 65.
  4. 4. The House met at 9.30 am on Friday 7 April 1989 to accommodate a debate on three consultation papers on proposals for reform of the legal profession; at 11.30 am on 8 June 1993 to conclude the second reading debate on the European Communities (Amendment) Bill; at 11 am on Tuesday 19 March 2002 to debate the issue of hunting with dogs; at 12 noon on Tuesday 13 May 2007 to conclude a debate on House of Lords reform; and at 11 am on Wednesday 7 March 2018, Wednesday 14 March 2018, and Wednesday 28 March 2018 to accommodate the committee stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.