The Standing Orders of the House of Commons set forth the weekly schedule of the House. Highlights are as follows:
Times and days of sittings:
Mondays 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.*
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.*
Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.*
Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sittings of the House can be extended pursuant to the provisions of particular Standing and Special Orders.
The Standing Orders provide for the extension of sittings during the last 10 days of June, to enable the House to finish pressing business before adjourning for the summer.
The Speaker may adjourn the House at any time “for want of a quorum” (20 Members). This is done only when a Member draws the attention of the Speaker to the lack of a quorum. The bells are rung for a maximum of 15 minutes, and if there are fewer than 20 Members present at the end of the 15 minutes, the House adjourns until the next sitting day.
Committee meetings are held from Monday to Thursday, both during the day while the House is sitting and during the evenings. Committee meetings may also be scheduled during periods in which the House stands adjourned.
* The Standing Orders actually say that “at 6:30 p.m…. the Speaker shall adjourn the House…” On any sitting day that is not a Friday, the Speaker entertains a motion to adjourn the House. The debate on this motion, usually referred to as the “Late Show”, can last up to 30 minutes.