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Cabinet Office circular

CO (20) 4: Management of Parliamentary Business after the Dissolution of Parliament

Issue date: 
Friday, 7 August 2020
Issue status: 
Version note: 

Intended for:

  • All Ministers
  • All Chief Executives
  • All Senior Private Secretaries
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Chief Parliamentary Counsel
  • Controller and Auditor-General
  • Chief Ombudsman
  • Official Secretary, Government House

Note: Updated 18 August 2020 to reflect new date of dissolution.

Key Points

1This circular provides guidance on the management of parliamentary business after Parliament has been dissolved. The key points are as follows:

1.1all parliamentary business will lapse on Sunday, 6 September 2020, when Parliament is dissolved, but may be reinstated in the next Parliament by a resolution of the House of Representatives (the House);

1.2to assist the government in deciding which business will be proposed for reinstatement, departments should advise incoming Ministers of the implications of reinstating or not reinstating particular items of business;

1.3during the period between the dissolution of one Parliament and the opening of the next (the interregnum), departments need to be aware of the requirements relating to publishing papers and reports, the release of select committee information, and correspondence to select committees.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 19 August 2020

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