The Queen’s Speech to be held on 11 May 2021

22 March 2021

It has been confirmed that the Queen will deliver her Speech on 11 May 2021, which will outline the Government’s plans for the next session and intentions to boost economic recovery following the outbreak of coronavirus.

Several Bills will continue which have been carried over from the previous Parliamentary year, and there is mention of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the Environment Bill, and the Armed Forces Bill.

The State Opening will be amended so that it is COVID-secure, and there will be less attendees and less ceremonial elements. There will be significantly less MPs and peers present at the event, the Royal Procession into the Lords Chamber will be scaled back, and there will not be any diplomatic or non-Parliamentary guests.

The current session of Parliament will be prorogued prior to the Queen’s Speech.

A spokesperson for number ten commented:

“While we are still in the middle of a pandemic this Queen’s Speech will look quite different, but it is important we take forward our plans and deliver policies to improve the lives of people across the country through a new Parliamentary session.

We are working closely with Public Health England to ensure arrangements are COVID-secure.”

CIPP comment

The CIPP awaits to see if any Bills will be introduced, or existing Bills progressed, that will impact the work of payroll professionals. We will be monitoring this and, of course, will update you all as to any developments of this nature.

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