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MPs debate the content of the Queen's speech

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    Today, the Queen formally opened Parliament and gave her 63rd 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.

    Watch the Queen's Speech on Parliament TV.

    The House of Commons will debate the subjects raised in today's Queen's Speech for the next five days. Each day they will focus on a different topic.

    Thursday 19 May - Transport and local infrastructure
    Monday 23 May - Defending public services
    Tuesday 24 May - Europe, human rights and keeping people safe at home and abroad
    Wednesday 25 May - Education skills and training
    Thursday 26 May - Economy and work

    You can watch these debates on Parliament TV.

    Further Information

    Read the Queen's Speech

    Commons Library Briefing Paper on the Queen's Speech 2016
    This Commons Library Briefing Paper identifies issues and bills that may appear in the Queen’s Speech, which will outline the Government's legislative programme for the 2016-17 Session of Parliament.
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