Gracious Speech: Cabinet Office Explanatory Briefing

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2001.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in future, they will place in the Library of the House, at the conclusion of the gracious Speech, a copy of the Cabinet Office's explanatory briefing on the content of the gracious Speech, which is prepared and distributed to journalists; and why that material was not made available to Parliament on the opening day of the current parliamentary Session.

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Members of this House and another place have a full opportunity to scrutinise the contents of the Queen's Speech in a range of debates and as the legislation is brought before Parliament.

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