Adjournment

25.45There is no fixed time for the adjournment of the House although it is a firm convention that the House normally rises by about 10 pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, by about 7 pm on Thursdays and by about 3pm on Fridays. The motion ‘That the House do now adjourn’ is proposed at the end of business from the government front bench, usually by a government Whip. The Lord Speaker puts the question, but does not collect the voices because this question is not usually debated. If any Member of the Lords wishes to debate it, the Lord Speaker should be informed beforehand.1

There is no special procedure for long adjournments over recesses, the dates of which are normally announced by the Government Chief Whip some weeks or months in advance.2

Footnotes

  1. 1. Although the motion on the adjournment before the Christmas recess is often made the occasion for general thanks and good wishes; for examples of debate at other times, see LJ (1958–59) 131; ibid (1960–61) 356, 414.
  2. 2. In 1947 the House did not accept the adjournment proposed by the government on the eve of the summer recess and varied it by amendment: LJ (1946–47) 493. On 20 December 2018 a Member moved a motion for the House to return earlier than announced from a recess.