12/10/2013 06:18 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST

MPs agree to adjourn House of Commons for 6 weeks

Members of Parliament agreed on Tuesday evening to adjourn the House of Commons three days ahead of schedule. Members will be back in the Commons on Jan. 27, 2014.

While it is not unusual for the Commons to adjourn early, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan said there was unanimous consent for the House of Commons to rise today with "a record amount of legislation passed" since the federal government returned with a speech from the throne on Oct.16.

"Are you sure?," the House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer joked as he sought unanimous consent for the motion.

"Yes," MPs declared.

"Agreed and so ordered," Scheer said.

The Commons adjourned with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair in South Africa leading the Canadian delegation that attended the memorial of Nelson Mandela.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was in the Commons for question period on Tuesday.

More to come