Source: United Kingdom UK Parliament (video statements)
MPs debate the Queen’s Speech.
The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year. The Queen’s Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the next session of Parliament and outlines proposed policies and laws.
The Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech is delivered by the Queen from the Throne in the House of Lords. Although the Queen reads the speech, it is written by the government. It contains an outline of its policies and proposed legislation for the new parliamentary session.
After the Queen’s Speech
When the Queen leaves, a new parliamentary session starts and Parliament gets back to work. Members of both Houses debate the content of the speech and agree a reply, known as the ‘Address in Reply to Her Majesty’s Gracious Speech’. Each House continues to debate the planned legislative programme for several days, looking at different subject areas. The Queen’s Speech is voted on by the Commons, but no vote is taken in the Lords.