Speech from the Throne

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an address given by a monarch to open, and sometimes to adjourn, a session of Parliament. This tradition in English parliamentary procedure developed during the 13th and 14th centuries. The modern equivalent is found in other countries with monarchical forms of government. The speech from the throne, written by government officials, is Parliament’s legislative agenda for that session. The speech is read either by the monarch in person or by an appointed state official (for example, the lord chancellor in Great Britain). Parliament’s approval of the speech from the throne is the same as a vote of confidence in the government.

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The Queen's Speech also sets out plans to ensure that decisions only affecting England - or England and Wales - can only be taken with the consent of MPs from those parts of the UK.
The Queen's Speech is read out by the Queen at the opening of a new session of Parliament, but it is written for her by the Government and sets out the laws the Government plans to introduce over the next year.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I am delighted that the pressure I have put on the Home Oce to ensure it is much harder for criminals to access illgotten gains has now been addressed by the Government in the Queen's Speech.
The power of recall was one of 11 Bills contained in the Queen's Speech, the annual programme of legislation, presented to Parliament by Her Majesty yesterday.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the register would require primary legislation - paving the way for the measure to be included in the Queen's Speech in June.
A senior Westminster source said: "After pencilling in the Queen's Speech for May, the Government tried to get the Palace to agree June 4 as the new date.
The Government insisted measures set out in the Queen's speech were about "backing people who work hard and want to get on in life.
Summary: A bill giving increased rights to consumers and reducing burdens on business is set to be unveiled in the Queen's Speech.
Let's just look, for example, at the Queen's Speech, which occurred several weeks go.
A fine example is the suggestion that lack of a high speed rail Bill in the Queen's Speech means the project has been delayed, as part of David Cameron's efforts to placate angry backbenchers (some of whom are campaigning against plans to run high speed trains through their constituencies).
London, Dec 4 (ANI): David Cameron has revealed that watching James Bond movies on TV is a Christmas ritual for him and so is listening to the Queen's Speech.
25% said their top Christmas hate was the Queen's Speech.