Lords debates Queen's Speech
19 May 2022
Following the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 10 May, the House of Lords returned to work to debate the content of the Queen's Speech over five days.
Parliament was opened by the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday 10 May. The Prince of Wales delivered the speech in the House of Lords chamber.
The Queen's Speech is written by the government. It sets out the government's legislative agenda for the new parliamentary session.
House of Lords debate
The Lords then debated the different subject areas of the speech over five days between Wednesday 11 May to Wednesday 18 May.
Research and resources
Read House of Lords Library briefings on the different subject areas for each day of the debate.
Tuesday 10 May: formal thanks
Day one: Wednesday 11 May
Members debated levelling up, communities and transport.
Day two: Thursday 12 May
Members debated home affairs, justice, culture, media and the constitution.
Day three: Monday 16 May
Members debated the economy, energy and the environment.
Day four: Tuesday 17 May
Members debated education, welfare, health and public services.
Day five: Wednesday 18 May
Members debated foreign affairs, defence and trade.
After the debate
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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
Social security and pensions