MPs debate the 2016 Queen's Speech

18 May 2016

Her Majesty the Queen delivered the Speech from the Lords Chamber outlining the Government's legislative programme for the parliamentary year ahead, on Wednesday 18 May 2016. MPs discussed the contents of the Speech today and will continue to do so over the coming days.

Debate on the Address

The first day of the Debate on the Address, as it is known, is general in tone, the other five days are on specific topics. This is the first debate of the new session and it normally lasts for six days.

The motion for the debate is phrased as "an Humble Address" to Her Majesty thanking her for her gracious speech.

Queen's Speech 2016 proposer and seconder

The task of proposing and seconding the motion is regarded as an honour and is given to two government backbench MPs.

They are normally a contrasting pair with very different constituencies, one a relatively new MP and the other a long-serving MP. By convention, their speeches are not contentious and contain both humour and flattering references to their constituencies.

This year the proposer is Caroline Spelman, Conservative MP for Meriden. The seconder is Phillip Lee, Conservative MP for Bracknell.

The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded on behalf of the Opposition. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, then replied on behalf of the Government. This was followed by the SNP Westminster Leader, Angus Robertson, and then a general debate involved all MPs.

House of Commons subjects for debate

The debate on the address will focus on the following subjects over the course of the next five sitting days:

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