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Moment of interruption

The "moment of interruption" is the time at which the main business in the House of Commons ends on any given day.

Business cannot continue past 2200 on Mondays and Tuesdays, 1900 on Wednesdays, 1800 on Thursdays and 1430 on Fridays, without a motion to prolong the sitting.

A further half-hour is then spent debating the motion for the adjournment of the House each day.

If the government is determined to complete consideration of a particular bill it can pass a motion which allows the House to carry on considering the bill until any hour.

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