Prorogation – end of the 2016-17 parliamentary session: 27 April 2017
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Prorogation – end of the 2016-17 parliamentary session: 27 April 2017

November 22, 2019


>>Lord Privy Seal, Baroness Evans of Bowes
Park: Let the Commons know, that the Lords Commissioners, desire their immediate attendance
in this House to hear the Commission read.>>Serjeant at Arms: Close the doors.
[Black Rod knocks three times]>>Serjeant at Arms: Open the doors.
>>Doorkeeper: Black Rod>>Black Rod: Mr Speaker, the Lords, who are
authorised by virtue of Her Majesty’s Commission to declare her Royal Assent to Acts passed
by both Houses, and to declare the prorogation of Parliament, desires the presence of this
honourable House in the House of Peers.>>Lord Privy Seal: My Lords and Members of
the House of Commons, Her Majesty, not thinking fit to be personally present here at this
time, has been pleased to cause a Commission to be issued under the Great Seal, and thereby
given Her Royal Assent to diverse Acts which have been agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament,
the Titles whereof are particularly mentioned, and by the said Commission has commanded us
to declare and notify Her Royal Assent to the said several Acts, in the presence of
you the Lords and Commons assembled for that purpose; and has also assigned to us and other
Lords directed full power and authority in Her Majesty’s name to prorogue this Parliament.
Which commission you will now hear read.>>Table Clerk: Elizabeth II,by the Grace of
God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and our other realms
and territories. Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to our right trustee,
right well beloved the Lords Spirital and Temporal, and to our trustee and well beloved
the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses of the House of Commons in this present Parliament
assembled. Greeting. For as much in our said Parliament, diverse Acts have been agreed
upon by you our loving subjects the Lords Spirital and Temporal and the Commons, the
short titles of which are setforth in schedule heretoo, but the said Acts are not in force
or affect the law, without our Royal Assent. And as formuch at this time be present in
the higher House of our said Parliament, being the accoustomed place to give our Royasl Assent
to such Acts that have been agreed upon by you, our said subjects, the Lords and Commons,
we have therefore caused these our letters patent to be made, and have signed them, and
by them do give our Royal Assent to the said Acts. Willing, that the said Acts will be
of the same strengh, force and effect as if we had been personally present in the said
higher House, and had publicly and in the presence of you all assented to the same.
Commanding also our well beloved and faithful councellor, Elizabeth Mary Truss, Chancellor
of Great Britain to seal these, our letters with the Great Seal of our realm. And also
commanding the Most Reverand Father in God and faithful councillor, Justin Portal, Archbishop
of Canterbury, Primate of all England and Metropolitan. Our well beloved and faithful
councillors, Elizabeth Mary Truss Chancellor of Great Britian. Peter Norman, Lord Fowler,
Lord Speaker. Natalie Jessica, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, Lord Privy Seal. James Arthur
David, Lord Hope of Craighead. Richard Mark, Lord Newby. Angela Evans, Baroness Smith of
Basildon. Or any three or more of them, to declare this our Royal Assent, in the said
higher House in the presence of you, the said Lords and Commons, and the Clerks of our Parliament
to endorse, the said Acts in our name as is requisite, and to record these our letters
patent and the said acts in the manner accustomed. And we do declare that after this our Royal
Assent, given and declared as is aforesaid then and immediately the said Act, will be
taken and accepted as good and perfect Acts of Parliament, and be put in due execution
accordingly. And whereas, we did lately for diverse, difficult and pressing affairs concerning
us, the State and defence of our United Kingdom and Church, ordain this our present Parliament
to begin and beholden, that our City of Westminster, the eighteenith day of May in the sixty-fourth
year of our reign, on which day our said Parliament was begun and holden, and is there now holden.
Know ye, That for certain pressing causes and considerations, us especially moving have
thought fit to prorogue our said Parliament. We therefore confiding very much in the fidility,
prudence and circumspection of you our commisioners aforesaid, and by the advice and consent of
our council, assigned you our Commissioners given to you, or any three or more of you,
by virtue of these presence full power and authority in our name, to prorougue and continue
our present Parliament, at our City of Westminster aforesaid. From Thursday the twenty-seventh
day of April or Friday the twenty-eight day of April till and until Tuesday the second
day of May, they then to be holden. And we command you that you dilligently attend the
premises and effectually fulfil them in the manner aforesaid. We also strictly command
that all in singular our Archbishops, Bishops, Lord, Baronets, Knights, Citizens and Burgesses
and all others it may concern to meet at our said Parliament by the virtue of these presence,
that they observe, obey and assist you in executing the premises, as they ought to do.
In witness whereof, we have caused these our letters to be made patent, witnessed ourselves
in Westminster, the twenty-seventh day of April in the sixty-sixth year of our reign.
By the Queen herself, signed with her own hands.
>>Lord Privy Seal: My Lords, in obedience to Her Majesty’s Commands, and by virtue
of the Commission which has been now read, we do declare and notify to you, the Lords
Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in Parliament assembled, that Her Majesty has given Her
Royal Assent to the Acts in the Commission mentioned; and the Clerks are required to
pass the same in the usual Form and Words.>>Female Table Clerk: Finance Act
>>Male Table Clerk: La Reyne, remerciant Ses bons Subjects, accepte leur Benevolence, et
ainsi le veult (The Queen, thanking her good subjects, accepts their benevolence, and so
wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Parking Places (Variation
of Charges) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult(The Queen
wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex
Services) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Homelessness Reduction
Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Intellectual Property
(Unjustified Threats) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:​National Citizen Service
Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Children and Social Work
Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Pension Schemes Act.
>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The Queen wills it.)
>>Female Table Clerk: Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence
(Ratification of Convention) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult(The Queen
wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Technical and Further
Education Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Neighbourhood Planning
Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Bus Services Act.
>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The Queen wills it.)
>>Female Table Clerk:Criminal Finances Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Health Service Medical
Supplies (Costs) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Northern Ireland (Ministerial
Appointments and Regional Rates) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Local Audit (Public Access
to Documents) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Merchant Shipping (Homosexual
Conduct) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Guardianship (Missing
Persons) Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Farriers (Registration)
Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Higher Education and
Research Act.>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The
Queen wills it.)>>Female Table Clerk:Digital Economy Act.
>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The Queen wills it.)
>>Female Table Clerk:Faversham Oyster Fishery Company Act.
>>Male Table Clerk:La Reyne le veult (The Queen wills it.)
>>Lord Privy Seal: My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, we have been commanded
to give to you Her Majesty’s speech in Her majesty’s own words.
[Reading Queen’s speech] My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, my Government has
pursued a programme that has delivered stability, security and strong leadership, and begun
the task of making Britain a country that works for everyone. My Ministers have brought
forward measures to build a stronger economy, a fairer society, and a more united nation,
while also acting to counter threats to national security and to build a more outward-looking
global Britain.The defence of the Realm has remained an utmost priority for my Government.
Legislation was passed to ensure that law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies
have the necessary powers to disrupt terrorist attacks within a framework of robust oversight.My
Government has continued with a programme to reform the criminal justice system. New
legislation passed in this session will help to make the police and fire services still
more capable, efficient and locally accountable.Building on the success of last year’s London Anti-Corruption
Summit, legislation was introduced to strengthen powers to tackle money laundering, seize criminal
assets and combat terrorist financing.To build a stronger economy, my Government has taken
forward a range of measures as part of its plan for a stronger Britain, so the country
is well placed to exploit new opportunities in the global economy and to ensure the benefits
are spread throughout the entire country.To ensure that the United Kingdom remains a leader
in developing new technologies, draft legislation was published setting out a new framework
to support ​the growing commercial spaceflight industry. To foster innovation and to support
the creative industries, legislation was enacted to reform the law on intellectual property.
My Ministers have continued to prioritise investment in infrastructure projects to ensure
that the economy and local communities can continue to grow and prosper. Legislation
has been passed to support the building of a high-speed railway from London to Birmingham
and to allow for better local bus services in England. My Government has also legislated
to ensure that all households can access fast broadband and allow new telecommunications
infrastructure to be rolled out across the nation. Legislation has been passed to give
communities more control over housing developments in their area.To build a fairer society, my
Government has brought forward measures to protect the most vulnerable and to drive greater
social reform so that every child has the chance to make the most of their talents.
To this end, legislation has been passed to enable a world-class technical education system
that will provide opportunities for all young people. Legislation has been passed to improve
children’s social care in England and to put the National Citizen Service on a permanent
footing. My Government also supported legislation to tackle the scourge of homelessness and
domestic violence. Provision has been made to help the lowest-income families save for
the future with a new Help to Save scheme, to help young people save for the long term
with a Lifetime ISA, and to protect pension schemes. In recognition of the important role
charities play, legislation has been enacted to help charities and community amateur sports
clubs by simplifying the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. A new Act will enable the National
Health Service, and the taxpayer, to secure better value for money from the growing cost
of medicines. To build a more united nation, my Government has made it a priority to strengthen
the union between all parts of the United Kingdom. Legislation was passed to establish
a long-term devolution settlement in Wales and, in England, significant new powers have
been devolved to directly elected mayors. My Government has taken steps to enable the
resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland when an agreement is reached between
political parties to form an executive. To deliver the result of the 2016 referendum,
Parliament approved legislation allowing the United Kingdom formally to signal its intent
to withdraw from the European Union. My Government has worked to ensure that a global Britain
plays a leading role in world affairs and provided assistance to British citizens overseas.
In order to bolster the United Kingdom’s role in developing countries, new legislation
will allow further investment to create more jobs and boost economic growth in the poorest
countries in Africa and South Asia. Legislation was also enacted to protect cultural property
in times of war. The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to welcome His Excellency the
President of the Republic of Colombia in November, strengthening the United Kingdom’s friendship
with an important partner in Latin America. My Ministers have established a close relationship
with the new administration in the United States of America. My Government has continued
to play a leading role in the global coalition against Daesh and deployed British forces
in Estonia and Poland as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, while maintaining
the European Union consensus in favour of sanctions against Russia. My Ministers have
pursued a campaign against modern slavery and helped to secure pledges of £4.6 billion
for the humanitarian crisis in Syria during a conference in Brussels in April. Members
of the House of Commons, I thank you for the provisions which you have made for the work
and dignity of the Crown and for the public services.My Lords and Members of the House
of Commons, I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.[End of Queen’s
speech]My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, by virtue of Her Majesty’s Commission
which has now been read, we do, in Her Majesty’s name, and in obedience to Her Majesty’s
Commands, prorogue this Parliament to the 2nd day of May, to be then here holden, and
this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday, the 2nd day of May.
[MP’s leave the lords]>>Mr Speaker: I have to acquaint the House
that the House has been to the House of Peers where a Commission under the Great Seal was
read, authorising the Royal Assent to the following Acts: Finance Act 2017. Parking
Places (Variation of Charges) Act 2017. Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Act 2017. Homelessness
Reduction Act 2017 (Cheers from Members of the House of Commons).
Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017. National Citizen Service Act 2017.
Children and Social Work Act 2017. Pension Schemes Act 2017. Preventing and Combating
Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act 2017. Technical
and Further Education Act 2017. Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017. Bus Services Act 2017.
Criminal Finances Act 2017. Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017. Northern
Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Act 2017. Local Audit (Public Access
to Documents) Act 2017. Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Act 2017. Guardianship
(Missing Persons) Act 2017. Farriers (Registration) Act 2017. Higher Education and Research Act
2017. Digital Economy Act 2017. Faversham Oyster
Fishery Company Act 2017 (Cheers).I have further to acquaint the House that the Leader of the
House of Lords, one of the Lords Commissioners, delivered Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech
to both Houses of Parliament, in pursuance of Her Majesty’s Command. For greater accuracy
I have obtained a copy, and also directed that the terms of the Speech be printed in
the Journal of this House. Copies are being made available in the Vote Office. The Commission
was for also Prorouging this present Parliament and the Leader of the House of Lords said
My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, by virtue of Her Majesty’s Commission which
has now been read, we do, in Her Majesty’s name, and in obedience to Her Majesty’s
Commands, prorogue this Parliament to the 2nd day of May, to be then here holden, and
this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday, the 2nd day of May. Order order.
[Shakes hand of each Member of House of Commons]

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