Prorogation (Reform) Act 2020

2020 CHAPTER 12

An Act to ensure that prorogation of Parliament is not enabled unless it commands confidence of the House.
Bill ID B044
Author(s) The Rt Hon Arthur Haigh mp
(On behalf of HM Opposition VII)
Amended by Sir Felix Guest-Lyons kobc mp
First reading 2020 July 10
Royal assent 2020 September 12
Commencement 2020 September 12
Affected legislation N/A

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1 Enabling of Prorogation

  1. The Privy Council may not advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament under the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797 unless:
    1. the House of Commons passes a motion in the form set out in section (2), or
    2. the advice is given as part of the ordinary process of ending the Parliamentary session prior to the dissolution of Parliament as determined by the Fixed Terms Parliament Act 2011, and not for any other purpose.
  2. The form of motion for the purposes of section (1)(a) is: - "That this House consents to the prorogation of Parliament."

2 Enactment and Extent

  1. This Act applies to the entirety of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its overseas territories.
  2. This Act can be cited as the Prorogation (Reform) Act 2020
  3. This Act comes into force upon royal assent.