This Briefing Paper identifies issues and bills that may appear in the Queen's Speech on 14 October 2019 or require legislation in the forthcoming Session.Jump to full report >>
The Queen’s Speech at the beginning of the forthcoming Session will take place on Monday 14 October 2019.
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 or was published in draft in the current Session. It also lists the Government bills that fell at prorogation. Section 3 provides information on plans for legislation, initially announced before the 2017-19 Session that may still form part of the Government’s plans. Section 4 reports statements or press speculation indicating that a particular issue is likely to be the subject of future legislation.
Bills in progress
The following bills are being carried over from the 2017-19 Session:
Eight draft bills were published in 2017-19. Three of these were subsequently introduced and enacted. Of the remaining five, two have been introduced and three have not:
A draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill was published in December 2016.
Ten of the bills introduced by the Government during the 2017-19 Session did not complete their passage through Parliament and therefore fell at prorogation:
Potential subjects of legislation
The following issues are potential subjects of legislation: