Documents to download

The briefing identifies key bills that may be announced in the Queen’s Speech. This is based on existing government commitments foreshadowing such legislation and press reports. Additional bills may be announced not covered in this briefing. Details vary but at the time of writing possible government bills include:

  • A bill or bills to enshrine the Police Covenant, tackle serious violence, replace current arrangements for the European Arrest Warrant and modernise espionage laws.
  • The Domestic Abuse Bill, which was carried over from the last session.
  • An immigration bill, possibly following on from the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill which was lost at the end of the last session.
  • A bill or bills concerning sentencing of prisoners and denying parole to murderers who refuse to reveal the location of their victims.
  • A bill or bills about housing matters, including commonhold and leasehold, and the statutory regulation of letting agents.
  • A bill to implement recommendations by the Hart Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse in Northern Ireland.
  • An electoral law bill concerning intimidation, influence and information. 

Several bills were lost at the close of the previous parliamentary session on 8 October 2019 having not been carried over. These included Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill and the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL]. It is unclear whether these bills will be reintroduced and in what format. The Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill was carried over.


Documents to download

Related posts

  • UK position on foreign affairs

    In 2021 the government published an integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy. It published a refreshed review in March 2023 to take account of developments in foreign affairs over the preceding two years. The government has since published a number of policy papers and strategies to complement the refreshed review. In addition, Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton was appointed as foreign secretary in November 2023.

    UK position on foreign affairs
  • Motion for an humble address on Northern Ireland

    The government has tabled motions in both Houses of Parliament for an humble address on Northern Ireland to be presented to the King. This follows the publication in January 2024 of a command paper on ‘Safeguarding the union’ and the restoration of Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions in February 2024.

    Motion for an humble address on Northern Ireland