Thursday, 12 July 2007

The Queen's Speech 2007

The date of the Queen's Speech has been set for 6th November. That will mark the start of the 2007-08 Parliamentary session. Parliament will be prorogued a few days before. As the summer recess lasts from the rising of the houses on 26th July until 8th October, there are precious few days for bills to complete their passage before the end of the session.

Already there are a number of bills which are moving between the two Houses - with amendmends being considered by the other House. This process is referred to as 'ping-pong' Last night the Lords sent back to the Commons (after completing all readings in the House of lords) the Pensions Bill - with amendments.

According to "House of Lords Business" the current status is -

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments and reasons

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement [HL] - to be considered 17 July
Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress [HL] - to be considered 18 July
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide - to be considered 17 July

Returned to the Commons with amendments and reasons

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