Lords debates Queen's Speech
20 May 2021
Following the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 11 May, the House of Lords got back to work to debate the content of the Queen's Speech over five days.
House of Lords debate
Following the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, the House of Lords returned to work to debate a motion of formal thanks to the Queen. The Lords then started a five-day debate on the different subject areas of the speech, from Wednesday 12 May to Wednesday 19 May.
Research and resources
Read the House of Lords Library briefings on the different subject areas for each day of the debate.
Tuesday 11 May: formal thanks to the Queen
Day one: Wednesday 12 May
The Bishop of Portsmouth made his valedictory speech, the final speech by a retiring member.
Day two: Thursday 13 May
Day three: Monday 17 May
Day four: Tuesday 18 May
Baroness Fullbrook (Conservative) made her maiden speech in the House.
Day five: Wednesday 19 May
Lord Udny-Lister (Conservative) made his maiden speech.
After the debate
The Queen's Speech is written by the government. It sets out the government's legislative agenda for the new parliamentary session.
The Queen delivered the speech in the House of Lords chamber at the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 11 May.
View the album of of images from the day on House of Lords Flickr.
Image: Copyright House of Lords 2021 / Photography by Roger Harris
Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs
Asylum, immigration and nationality
Business, industry and consumers
Communities and families
Crime, civil law, justice and rights
Culture, media and sport
Economy and finance
Employment and training
Energy and environment
Health services and medicine
Housing and planning
- Parliament, government and politics