Recall of Parliament

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A recall of Parliament is a parliamentary procedure involving an extraordinary sitting of a parliament, occurring outside the time when that parliament would usually meet, such as over a weekend, or when the parliament would normally be in recess. A parliament is generally recalled as a result of events of major national importance, thus allowing members to hold an emergency debate on issues relating to those events.

In the United Kingdom, decisions as to whether the House of Commons or House of Lords should be recalled are the responsibility of the Speakers of those individual bodies, and are usually taken following a request from the government.[1] This follows a 2001 recommendation from the Hansard Society Commission on Parliamentary Scrutiny that "the Speaker of the Commons should have the ability to recall Parliament at times of emergency".[2]

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In the United Kingdom, Parliament has been recalled on the following occasions:

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  1. ^ "Recall of Parliament - UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Williamson, David (1 April 2016). "Here's when Parliament has been recalled - should MPs be back to debate steel?". The Western Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Recall of Parliament - UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Commons passes anti-terrorism bill". BBC News. BBC. 3 September 1998. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Blair leads tributes to Queen Mother". BBC News. BBC. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Lowther, Ed (9 August 2011). "Timeline: When Parliament has been recalled". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. ^ Smith, Norman (9 August 2011). "London riots: Parliament to be recalled". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ Freedland, Jonathan (10 April 2013). "Margaret Thatcher: parliament recall sets John Bercow and No 10 at odds". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  9. ^ Watt, Nicholas; Mason, Rowena (27 August 2013). "David Cameron recalls parliament over Syria crisis". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Parliament Recalled to Take UK to War Against Isis in Iraq". International Business Times. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Parliament to be recalled in sign of respect to murdered MP Jo Cox". 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.