Lords debates King's Speech
16 November 2023
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.
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.
Image: House of Lords / Roger Harris