Today at the State Opening of Parliament the Queen delivered her address outlining the legislative agenda of the Coalition Government for the forthcoming parliamentary session.
The State Opening takes place on the first day of a new parliamentary session, or shortly after a general election, and is the main ceremonial event of the parliamentary calendar.
You can watch the full speech on the UKParliament YouTube Channel.
In total there are 15 bills (including a bill carried over from the previous session) and 2 draft bills proposed in the speech. These include:-
- Pensions Bill – to raise the state pension age to 67 and to introduce a single-tier state pension.
- Intellectual Property Bill – to implement measures outlined in the Hargreaves Report on Intellectual Property on patent protection.
- Immigration Bill – to reform UK immigration law particularly with regard to deportation procedures and access to services.
- Draft Consumer Rights Bill – to ensure that consumer law applies to the purchase of digital content.
An additional two bills (the Gambling (licensing and advertising) bill and the EU approvals bill) are mentioned in the briefing document accompanying the speech.
Following the Queen’s speech the House of Commons returns to its Chambers, the House of Lords is cleared, and the Debate of the Address begins: five days of debate on the content of the speech.
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