The new Parliament will be summoned by the Queen on the 18th May, before the State Opening of Parliament. In the days that follow, the Speaker of the House of Commons is elected (or re-elected), and all MPs will take the oath of allegiance and the solemn affirmation. More information on the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons is available on the Parliament web pages.
The State opening of Parliament will be on the 27th May. This is a high profile affair, with much tradition and formality. The Queen’s Speech is delivered detailing the legislative programme ahead, and the new session will begin. You can read the full text of the Queen’s speech in 2010 here. We will post details of this years Queen’s Speech as it becomes available.
In the days that follow, the Queen’s speech is then debated by both Houses, and voted on by the House of Commons. The 2010 debate on the Queen’s Speech is available here. We will post this years debate as it becomes available.
If you wish to view any of the Queen’s (or King’s) speeches of the past, and subsequent debates either online, or in our hard copy Parliamentary Debates series, the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit would be happy to assist. We’re on level 7 of the library, or can be contacted on 0141 3306740, or firstname.lastname@example.org