State Opening of Parliament 2009

16 July 2009

Written ministerial statement announces the next State Opening - marking the start of the 2009-2010 session - will take place on Wednesday 18 November.

The main purpose of State Opening is for the monarch formally to open Parliament and, in the Queen's Speech, deliver an outline of the Government's proposed policies, legislation for the coming session and a review of the last session.

The date of prorogation - the formal end to the parliamentary year - is yet to be announced.

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