Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Queen's Speech 2015

The BBC offers this summary of the promises the Queen's government is making for this Parliament.

Queen's Speech 2015: Bill-by-bill
  • EU Referendum Bill
  • Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill
  • Enterprise Bill
  • National Insurance Contributions and Finance Bill
  • Childcare Bill
  • Housing Bill
  • Energy Bill
  • Immigration Bill
  • Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill
  • HS2 Bill [high speed rail]
  • Scotland Bill
  • Wales Bill
  • Northern Ireland Bill
  • Psychoactive Substance Bill
  • Extremism Bill
  • Investigatory Powers Bill
  • Policing and Criminal Justice Bill
  • Trade Unions Bill
  • Education and Adoption Bill
  • Armed Forces Bill
  • Bank of England Bill
  • Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill
  • Votes for Life Bill (voting rights for citizens living abroad]
  • European Union (Finance) Bill
  • Buses Bill
  • Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill

... and what is not in the Queen's Speech?

Although it appears in the Queen's Speech, there is no legislation, either in full or draft form, on a British Bill of Rights. Instead, ministers will consult on the pros of replacing the Human Rights Act with a new legal framework of rights and responsibilities.

There is no mention of any plan to repeal the ban on hunting of wild mammals with hounds, in force since 2005. Ministers have suggested MPs will be given an opportunity to decide on the matter by 2020, and will be given a free vote.
[free vote: "In a Westminster parliamentary system and other democratic systems, a vote by members of a legislative body in which the members are permitted by their respective political parties to vote as they individually see fit, without direction from their political leaders." -Wiktionary]
Black Rod knocking on Commons door
"Black Rod is sent from the Lords Chamber to the Commons Chamber to summon MPs to hear the Queen's Speech. Traditionally the door of the Commons is slammed in Black Rod's face to symbolise the Commons independence.

"He then bangs three times on the door with the rod. The door to the Commons Chamber is then opened and all MPs – talking loudly – follow Black Rod back to the Lords to hear the Queen's Speech." -UK Parliament web site
 

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