There were no recalls of Parliament for 9 years – and now David Cameron has carried out two in two months.

Since 1948 there have been 24 events leading to Parliament being recalled to debate matters of grave importance. Most have involved foreign affairs – although the Queen Mother’s death makes a surprising appearance.

Here is a link to the Parliament website where it has the full details, including precise days – and more background information. (My colleague James Blitz points out that only once before has this happened in August – and that was in 1968.)

September 1949: Devaluation

September 1950: Korean War

October 1951: Prorogation – followed by dissolution

September 1956: – Suez Crisis; Cyprus

September 1959: Prorogation – followed by dissolution

October 1961: Berlin Crisis

January 1968: Government expenditure cuts

August 1968: Czechoslovakia, Nigeria

May 1970: Prorogation – followed by dissolution

September 1971: Fuel

January 1974: Northern Ireland

April 1982 (Saturday 3rd): Falkland Islands

April 1982 (14th): Falkland Islands

September 1990: Kuwait invasion

September 1992: Government economic policy; UN operations in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Somalia

May 1995: Bosnia

September 1998: Omagh bomb: criminal justice (terrorism and conspiracy) bill

September and October 2001: international terrorism and attacks in the USA

April 2002: Death of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

September 2002: Iraq and WMD

July 20th, 2011: Public confidence in the media and police

August 11, 2011: (Now scheduled) Riots on the streets of London

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