Number 10 has defended the decision to recall MPs to Westminster to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher.
Given her stature and importance, the Prime Minister thought that the right thing to do was to ask the Speaker to recall Parliament.
– Prime Minister's official spokesman
Attendance is a matter for individual Members of Parliament.
In terms of the Prime Minister, and I am sure a good many other MPs, it is an important opportunity to pay tribute to Lady Thatcher.