The King’s Speech will be read by King Charles III during the State Opening of Parliament on 7 November 2023, and will set out the UK government’s policy and legislative agenda for the new parliamentary session. The House of Lords is scheduled to debate the King’s Speech over five days, between 8 and 15 November.

On this page you can access Lords Library research and reading lists which support each day’s debate, and a short selection of related content. Books can be borrowed by Members, members’ staff and staff of the House of Lords only. E-book access requires a parliamentary login.

The Library’s briefings are prepared in advance of the King’s Speech based on UK government commitments and speculative reports about what legislative proposals may be included; it does not constitute official information about the government’s intentions or provide a complete list of bills to be announced.

King's Speech day 1: Home affairs, crime and justice, and devolution

Research for the debate on 8 November 2023

King's Speech day 2: Housing, health, local communities and public services

Research for the debate on 9 November 2023

King's Speech day 3: The economy, transport, energy and the environment

Research for the debate on 13 November 2023

King's Speech day 4: Science, technology, media and culture

Research for the debate on 14 November 2023

King's Speech day 5: Foreign affairs and defence

Research for the debate on 15 November 2023

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