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Exceptions to the Calendar of the House of Commons

From time to time, the House has been called to reassemble during an adjournment period prescribed by the calendar in order to participate in the ceremony granting Royal Assent to a bill or bills. Procedural reforms permitting the granting of Royal Assent by written declaration have greatly diminished the likelihood of such reassembly.

The calendar may also be affected when the Senate and the House of Commons adjourn in order to sit together for a joint address by a distinguished visitor. For this to occur, the House of Commons adopts a motion that usually specifies the date and time of the adjournment of the House, as well as other conditions for the order of business on the day of the address.

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