The Monarch arrived at the House of Lords shortly after 11am in a ceremonial horse-drawn coach amid fanfares before delivering her speech from the grand throne in the House of Lords dressed in her crown and full regalia. The ceremonial trappings surrounding the speech make the event one of the high points of the parliamentary calendar.
As the proceedings started, veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner shouted: ‘Jubilee Year double dip recession. What a start!’ as Black Rod came to the Commons chamber to summon MPs to the Lords to hear the Queen. Conservative MPs cried ‘shame’ at the interruption.
Sarah Jackson, chief executive of the Working Families charity, said: 'We want to see more choice and flexibility for fathers to share the care and more paternity leave would be a great step forward, but the Government consulted on cutting maternity leave to 18 weeks which is a step too far.
Pushing women back to work too soon will bring hidden costs to employers. There's still time for the Government to change their minds and guarantee six months for mums.'
Energy market regulation, the creation of a National Crime Agency dubbed the British FBI, tougher regulation of supermarkets and a new ban on driving while under the influence of drugs are all included.
One of the biggest omissions from the Queen’s speech was a bill to pave the way for gay couples to get married.
However, there was no mention of gay marriage anywhere in the Queen’s speech raising the prospect that the plan could be abandoned.
Flexible leave for new parents to allow them greater role in bringing up childrenThe Children and Families bill is the centre piece of the Government's agenda for the next year while plans pushed but the Liberal Democrats for gay marriage will be left out.
The Bill will allow mothers and fathers to swap their parental leave after the birth of their children.
A Children and Families Bill will 'put families front and centre of our national life', said Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg.
Parents will be allowed more flexible leave to care for their children with mothers being able to allowed to return to work earlier and transfer the time off to their partners.
New parents will also be able to request more flexible working hours throughout to enable them to be take am ore active role in their child's upbringing.
The bill is known to be close to the heart of Mr Cameron who makes a a point to spend lunchhours in the flat above Downing Street with his children. He also made special plans to attend his children's school play before jetting off to a meeting about the conflict in Libya.
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