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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Queen's Speech May 8?

Thanks to fixed-term Parliaments, the Coalition now has its Queen's Speeches roughly every May.

Still, all Governments hate boxing themselves in and mystery still surrounds the exact date.

Except that this afternoon a hapless House offical let slip a document suggesting a period between 1st and 15th May was being reserved to prepare for and host Her Majesty's Parliamentary address.

Well, I have a bit of info suggesting the actual date is now Weds the 8th, with a fallback date of Weds 15th to allow a bit of wriggle room (like peers mucking up business).

Last year, it was the Lansley Bill (remember that?) and Legal Aid Bill that caused trouble for Government whips and business managers.

This year is not expected to be half as dramatic (and in a neat twist of fate, it is Andrew Lansley who, as Leader of the House, will get to tell us the exact date).

The 2013 list will, however, be the last realistic chance of getting in bills that will make a difference this Parliament. 

As for The Queen herself, she told the Cabinet at last year's historic trip to Downing Street that she just hopes the whole thing doesn't drag on.

Or, as the PM's spokesman put it, she 'very gently and very humourously' expressed a hope to David Cameron that this year's Speech would be 'on the shorter rather than longer side'.

With childcare, protections of freedom, single-tier pensions and housing help all all lined up, let's see how bored Her Maj gets.

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