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Adjournment of the House of Commons

During a session of a Parliament, the calendar in the Standing Orders provides for sitting and adjournment periods throughout the calendar year. The calendar designates statutory and non-statutory holidays as non-sitting days (i.e. brief adjournments). The House can also adjourn by Special Order, motion or unanimous consent.

The House stands adjourned whenever it is not sitting, unless it is prorogued or dissolved. Adjournment includes non-sitting time overnight, over a weekend, during a statutory holiday, as well as during the weeks designated by the Standing Orders.

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