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PMQs cancelled as Parliament ends
Prime Minister's Question Time
Mr Blair will miss his weekly grilling from MPs
Tony Blair will not face his weekly prime minister's questions grilling from MPs on Wednesday as the current Parliamentary session comes to an end.

Instead the traditional "prorogation" ceremony will take place - one of the oldest ceremonies in Parliament.

Royal Assent is formally announced to all legislation passed this session.

MPs and peers will return to Parliament on 15 November for the Queen's Speech, which outlines the government's plans for new laws in the next session.

Both the Lords and the Commons have to prorogue at the same time, so any unfinished business would delay the ceremony.

But the biggest remaining issue - a row over "fast-track" extraditions in the Police and Justice Bill - was resolved on Tuesday when peers abandoned their efforts to make it harder for the US to extradite Britons.

A Guide to Prorogation
07 Nov 06 |  BBC Parliament

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