Tomorrow’s recall of the House of Lords will be the first for nearly a decade. We were last recalled in 2002, though in that year it occurred on two occasions: on 3 April for tributes to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and on 24 September to discuss Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. The preceding year we were, exceptionally, recalled on three occasions because of the events of 9/11. Prior to that, the House had been recalled in 1998 – on 3 September – to complete all stages of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill.
The provision for recall is governed by Standing Order 17(1). This provides that the Lord Speaker (or, in her absence, the Chairman of Committees) may, after consultation with the Government, give notice of a meeting of the House on a date earlier than that to which it stands adjourned if she is satisfied that the public interest so requires. The situation is not dissimilar in the Commons where the Speaker, having received representations from the Government, may (under Standing Order 13) recall the House.
We meet tomorrow, at noon, to have statements on public disorder and on the global economy.