Unlike prorogation, there is no formal ceremony for dissolution.
Parliament was dissolved at one minute past midnight. Dissolution continues until the new Parliament meets. The Commons will meet for the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of Members. This is expected the week commencing 16 December. We await an announcement about the Queen’s Speech, which could take place just before Christmas or at the start of the New Year.
During dissolution, all committee room bookings in the Palace are cancelled. MPs cannot use the facilities because there are no MPs. Once Parliament is dissolved, those who have served as MPs cease to be such and cannot use the suffix MP. (They continue to be paid, though, until polling day.) Peers retain access to their offices – peers remain peers – but cannot use them for campaigning or party political purposes.
The period between dissolution and polling day is stipulated in section 3(1) of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. When the Act was passed, it was set at 17 working days, but was subsequently amended, under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, to 25 working days. Parliament is automatically dissolved at the beginning of the 25th working day before polling day.
A working day under the Act means any day other than a Saturday or Sunday, a Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Good Friday, a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom, and a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.
I may do notes about candidates and general elections in due course.