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.Jump to full report >>
The Queen’s Speech at the beginning of the 2016-17 Session will take place on Wednesday 18 May 2016.
The State Opening of Parliament marks the beginning of the parliamentary session. Its main purpose is for the monarch formally to open Parliament and, in the Queen’s Speech, deliver an outline of the Government's proposed policies and legislation for the coming session of Parliament.
This note identifies issues and bills that may appear in the Queen’s Speech. Section 2 reviews legislation that has already been introduced and carried over; has been published, or is expected to be published, in draft, in the current Session; was announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, but has not been proceeded with so far; or was previously published in draft (draft bills that have subsequently been introduced and carried over are recorded twice). Section 3 reports statements or press speculation indicating that a particular issue is likely to be the subject of future legislation.
The following bills are being carried over from the 2015-16 Session:
Three draft bills were published in 2015-16:
Three bills were announced in the May 2015 Queen’s Speech but not introduced. Legislation in these areas is still expected by ministers:
A draft bill Public Service Ombudsman Bill and proposals for a British Bill of Rights were both announced but neither were published.
The following issues are potential subjects of legislation: