Queen’s Speech: HM The Queen will deliver the Queen’s Speech at 11:30 in the House of Lords on Tuesday 11 May, setting out the government’s legislative agenda for the coming year, and marking the formal reopening of parliament. The parliament will hold a series of debates this week on the content of the speech. Boris Johnson has said the speech will focus on the national recovery from COVID-19, supporting the NHS, levelling up and “spreading opportunity”.
It is expected the speech will include up to thirty separate pieces of legislation and will include several bills brought forward from the previous session, including: the Environment Bill which will set legally binding environmental targets; and the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill to increase sentences for serious sexual and violent crimes and to reform the right to protest.
Legislation expected to be announced
A planning bill to overhaul the planning system in England
A bill setting out a detailed state aid regime following Brexit
An Animal Sentience Bill to give creatures with backbones the right to have their feelings recognises in law
A Skills and Post-16 Education Bill to provide a “lifetime skills guarantee”
Controversial legislation to restrict future prosecutions of British soldiers who fought in Northern Ireland during the Trouble
A Sovereign Borders Bill to dissuade migrants from crossing the English Channel, following plans announced in March by Priti Patel
A new Fixed-Term Parliaments Act to allow for the power to call early elections
Legislation to require voters to show ID at polling stations
A Building Safety Bill to introduce a new system for regulating the safety of high-rise buildings, brought forward from the previous session