Monday, December 11, 2006

Parliament Prorogued until 15 January 2007

- Virtual Pensacola

The Parliament in and for the Dominion of British West Florida has, by the command of the Governor-General been Prorogued. The Houses of Parliament will reconvene on the Monday following 12th day.

The House of Lords requested that the Governor-General take this action so that they could spend more time with their families during the Christmas Season. The Governor-General issued the Prorogation Order on Sunday, in a break from his usual Monday through Friday style.

The Governor-General has announced that Parliament will reassemble without a formal 'Opening of Parliament' ceremony, however it is expected that the Governor-General will provide a 'Throne Talk' upon the reassembly of the Parliament.

Prorogation (dismissing parliament to reassemble later without an intervening election for the House of Commons) is uncommon in most Realms, but the Dominion of British West Florida makes use of prorogation frequently throughout the year. Some commentators have suggested that the Dominion makes more use of prorogation because its Members of Parliament (MPs)and Lords are not paid for their time in session.

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