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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Lords debates King's Speech

16 November 2023

The King reads the Speech from the Throne in the House of Lords

Following the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 7 November, the House of Lords debated the content of the King's Speech over five days. 

King's Speech  

The King'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 House of Lords debates the different subject areas of the speech over five days. 

Day one: Wednesday 8 November  

Members debated home affairs, crime and justice, and devolution.

Day two: Thursday 9 November  

Members debated housing, health, local communities and public services.

Day three: Monday 13 November  

Members debated the economy, transport, energy and the environment. 

Day four: Tuesday 14 November 

Members debated science, technology, media and culture. 

Day five: Wednesday 15 November

Members debated foreign affairs and defence. 

Research and resources  

Read House of Lords Library briefings on the different subject areas for each day of the debate.

After the debates  

Following the debates, bills (draft laws) are introduced and members get down to work shaping laws, holding the government to account and investigating public policy. 

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