A Glance at King Charles III’s King’s Speech
Written by Eve Percy on 7th November 2023
A run-through and overview of King Charles III’s King’s Speech, what channel it was on, what time it started and a glance over what was mentioned in his speech.
What is the King’s Speech?
The King’s Speech is written by the Government for the King to read out. It states the legislative plans of the government to the public and other parliamentarians.
What channel is the King’s Speech on?
The King’s Speech was broadcast from 10:30am for the full-day event on Sky News. The BBC will also be broadcasting coverage of the ceremony from the Palace of Westminster, as well as the events taking place after the speech.
What Time is the King’s Speech on?
The King’s Speech started at 11:30am and took place in the House of Lords.
What did King Charles outline in The King’s Speech?
This is what The King’s Speech included, at a glance:
Crime and Justice – A Sentencing Bill which will require whole-life sentences for the worst murderers, rapists and short sentences for lesser crimes are served in the community. A Criminal Justice Bill which will introduce measures to force criminals to appear in court.
Police will also be given new powers to enter buildings without a warrant to seize stolen goods. The Victim and Prisoners Bill will eventually prevent certain prisoners from marrying, create new rights for crime victims and have Jade’s Law on parental rights.
Policing – The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, will deliver Martyn’s law, forcing UK venues to draw up anti-terror plans. An Investigatory (Amendment) Bill will give law enforcement agencies greater access to certain personal data, and make tech companies clear security features with the Home Office.
Housing – A Leasehold and Freehold Bill will ban leaseholds for new houses (not new flats) in England and Wales and increase the standard lease extension period to 990 years. The Renters (Reform) Bill will deliver a long-promised ban on “no-fault” evictions in England but this will only come into force after there are reforms to the court system.
Energy and the environment – An Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill, which will ban the export of cattle from Great Britain for slaughter and fattening. Licensing for oil and gas projects in the North Sea will be introduced and awarded annually under the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill.
Technology and media – The Automated Vehicles Bill will be created to put in place a legal framework in Great Britain for self-driving cars. The Media Bill will scrap a never-enacted rule forcing media companies to pay the legal bills of people who sue them, no matter the turnout.
The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will replace the data protection regime the UK acquired from the EU.
Social Changes – A Tobacco and Vapes Bill has plans for a phased ban on smoking, and introduce restrictions on the packaging and marketing of vapes. A regulator for the top five tiers of English professional football will be established by the Football Governance Bill.