Once the Queen has delivered the Speech outlining the Government's agenda for the coming year, the House of Commons and House of Lords each begin discussing the proposed programme of new laws and policies.
The first day of the Debate on the Address, as it is known, is more general in tone. On following days both Houses hold debates covering different subjects.
The programme for debating the Queen's Speech in the Commons has been as follows:
Tuesday 25 May: Debate on the Address
Wednesday 26 May: foreign affairs and defence
Thursday 27 May: energy, and environment, food and rural affairs
Wednesday 2 June: education and health
Monday 7 June: constitution and home affairs
Tuesday 8 June: Conclusion: economic affairs and work and pensions
After the debates, the programme of work begins to turn what is outlined in the Queen's Speech into legislation as Bills are introduced in both Houses.
Details of the new Bills announced in the Queen's Speech for the 2010-11 session will be available following their presentation to the House.
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