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Weekly Information Bulletin: 20th June 2009


Weekly Information Bulletin

The next Bulletin will be published on Saturday 27 June 2009

HM Government

A full list of HM Government following the reshuffle that was carried out in June 2009 is available on the Parliament website at: Her Majesty's Government


Following the resignation of the Member for Norwich North, Dr Ian Gibbson, on 8 June 2009, there will be a

by-election. Details to be announced.

House of Commons Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Michael Martin MP, announced his intention to stand down as Speaker on 21 June 2009. The election of a new Speaker will take place on 22 June 2009.

Private Members' Bills:

The Leader of the House has announced that the following Fridays are allocated for the consideration of Private Members' Bills during the 2008/09 session:

2009: 27 February; 6, 13, 20 and 27 March; 24 April; 8 and 15 May; 12, 19 and 26 June; 3 July and 16 October

Summer Opening of Parliament 2009

During the Summer Opening visitors can buy tickets to tour Parliament. It is arranged during the summer recess, when Parliament does not sit and Members work away from Westminster. Tours run from Monday to Saturday inclusive, but not on Sunday or Bank Holidays. Tours take about 75 minutes. The 2009 opening will run from Monday 3 August to Saturday 3 October 2009 (Please note there are no tours available on 1 October 2009).

Tickets can be bought through For further details please see the Parliament website

Party Conferences 2009

Labour Party Conference will be held in Brighton on 27 September - 1 October 2009

Conservative Party Conference will be held in Manchester on 5 - 8 October 2009

Liberal Democrat Party Conference will be held in Bournemouth on 19 - 23 September 2009

House of Commons Calendar for the 2008/2009 session:

The Leader of the House announced the following recess dates for the 2008/2009 session:

Christmas recess 2008

The House rose on Thursday 18 December 2008 and returned on Monday 12 January 2009

Spring half term recess 2009

The House rose on Thursday 12 February 2009 and returned on Monday 23 February 2009

April recess 2009

The House rose on Thursday 2 April 2009 and returned on Monday 20 April 2009

Whitsun recess 2009

The House rose on Thursday 21 May 2009 and returned on Monday 1 June 2009

Summer recess 2009

The House will rise on Tuesday 21 July 2009 and will return on Monday 12 October 2009

The Parliament website provides information on parliamentary proceedings, membership of both Houses and general information on a wide range of parliamentary matters.

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