Debating the Queen’s Speech in the Commons

18 November 2009

After the State Opening on Wednesday 18 November, both Houses of Parliament get back to work - debating and passing legislation and examining and scrutinising the work of the Government.

Once the Queen leaves Parliament, having delivered the speech outlining the Government's agenda for the coming year, each House meets separately to begin debating the proposed programme of new laws and policies. You can watch the debates live from 2.30pm.


Each House debates the Queen's Speech over the following five days, discussing different issues each day. It depends what is in the Speech but these debates are likely to include the economy, defence, home affairs, justice, affairs, education, housing and international development.

New Bills

Here are the details of the new Bills announced in the Queen's Speech:

Future business

Find out what's on in both Houses on 18 November and beyond:


Parliament's committees will also be resuming their inquiries and publishing their reports. Keep up to date with what is happening via the Commons calendar and the Lords weekly briefing.

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