New Clause 27 — Parliamentary scrutiny: prorogation and adjournment

Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 11th June 2008.

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'(1) If when an order is made under section [Power to declare reserve power exercisable] Parliament stands prorogued to a day after the end of the period of five days beginning with the date on which the order is made, Her Majesty shall by proclamation under the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797 (c. 127) require Parliament to meet on a specified day within that period.

(2) If when an order is made under that section the House of Commons stands adjourned to a day after the end of the period of five days beginning with the date on which the order is are made, the Speaker of the House of Commons shall arrange for the House to meet on a day during that period.

(3) If when an order is made under that section the House of Lords stands adjourned to a day after the end of the period of five days beginning with the date on which the order is made, the Speaker of the House of Lords shall arrange for the House to meet on a day during that period.

(4) In subsections (2) and (3) a reference to the Speaker of the House of Commons or the Speaker of the House of Lords includes a reference to a person authorised by Standing Orders of the House of Commons or of the House of Lords to act in place of the Speaker of the House of Commons or the Speaker of the House of Lords in respect of the recall of the House during adjournment.'.

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