When is the Queen’s Speech 2022? What time to watch State Opening of Parliament live and what to expect
The Queen will not deliver the Queen’s Speech this year due to mobility issues, Prince Charles is to step in and read the speech on her behalf.
PM Boris Johnson will use the speech to attempt to strengthen his position as PM – he has faced scandal after scandal from Partygate to the Downing Street flat renovation.
Last week the Tories suffered big defeats at local elections and there’s no doubt the PM will be hoping the State Opening of Parliament can be a fresh start for the government.
When is the Queen’s Speech?
The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday 10 May, with the Queen’s Speech likely to start at about 11am.
This will officially launch the 2022-2023 parliamentary session, after Parliament was prorogued for the 2021-21 session on 28 April.
Prorogation is the formal name given to the period between the end of a session of Parliament and the State Opening that begins the next session.
How can I watch live?
It’s expected to kick off at 11am and end around 12.15pm It will be broadcast again on BBC One at 2.20pm lasting for 10 minutes.
What should we expect from the Queens Speech 2022?
A number of Bills have also been carried over from the previous session, due to the Partygate scandal and the war in Ukraine delaying the legislative agenda.
Levelling up plans will be written into law – for example by making it a legal duty for the government to report its progress on tackling inequality across the UK.
Dominic Raab has promised wide-ranging reforms to stop those convicted of serious crimes from being able to escape deportation and cut their prison sentences short on human rights grounds.
A mental health Bill will be introduced, limiting the power of doctors to detain people against their will. People who are autistic or have a learning disability will no longer be able to be detained unless there is a specific court order to do so.
Another Bill would make it easier for British authorities to act against suspected spies working against the UK.
The privatisation of Channel 4 will be formally enacted via a new media Bill, which will also give Ofcom more power to regulate streaming services.
The following Bills are scheduled to be carried over from the previous parliamentary session: