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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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Accessibility statement

We're committed to making our websites accessible so they can be used by as many people as possible.

This statement applies to content published within the UK Parliament microsites and subdomains, for example the House of Commons Library website.

Our domains are owned by UK Parliament.

We aim to make our websites accessible to the widest possible audience. This means, for example, that you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of our websites using a keyboard
  • navigate most of our websites using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of our websites using a screen reader

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What we're doing to improve accessibility

To make UK Parliament websites accessible, we:

  • integrate accessibility into our procurement procedures
  • provide accessibility training for our staff
  • include individuals with disabilities in our design personas  

Requesting content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format please email us at and tell us: 

  • the web address (URL) of the content that you need
  • your contact name and email address
  • the format you need 

Reporting accessibility problems with our websites

If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or if you think we're not meeting the accessibility requirements, email us at to report this.

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint and you're not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations'). 

Technical information about the accessibility of our websites 

We’re committed to making our websites accessible, in accordance with the accessibility regulations.

Compliance status

Our websites are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible, for the following reasons:

  • some header structure and page IDs are not optimised for screen reader use
  • there is a lack of alternative text on some images and some images are used as links
  • missing or unclear page descriptions 
  • missing labels in some form fields

We've prioritised our work to improve the accessibility of our websites based on analytics and any new pdf, HTML or alternative file format documents we publish will aim to meet accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

  • Low traffic micro sites are not being prioritised for accessibility improvements
  • Committee written evidence submissions from the public. Efforts will be made to ensure that these pdfs are made as accessible as possible via automated means. HTML versions of the evidence are also present on the site
  • We do not plan to add captions to live video streams where these are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We intend to identify and implement new technologies that would make this possible when technology evolves

How we test our websites

We regularly test our websites for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA using a range of automated tools.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in January 2024.