Commons debates the Queen’s Speech

27 November 2009

Once the Queen has delivered the Speech outlining the Government's agenda for the coming year, each House begins 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 the following five days both Houses hold debates covering different subjects.

Commons debates

The programme for the Commons is as follows:

Parliamentary programme

After the five days of debate, the programme of work begins to turn what is outlined in the Queen's Speech into legislation as Bills are introduced in both Houses.

New Bills

Details of the new Bills announced in the Queen's Speech are available:

A number of these were formally presented to the Commons on 19 November as follows:

  • Crime and security
  • Constitutional reform and governance
  • Equality
  • Financial services
  • Energy
  • Children, Schools and Families
  • Flood and water management
  • Child poverty

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