Meeting of the new Parliament

It is anticipated that on Tuesday 17 December the House will meet at 2.30pm for a Royal Commission. When the House meets, and assuming the date of meeting above, the following arrangements will apply: The Commons will be summoned and directed to proceed to the choice of their Speaker and to present the person chosen for Her Majesty’s approval. The House will continue in session until 7.30pm in order to enable Members to take the Oath of Allegiance, or to affirm.

On Wednesday 18 December the House will meet at 2.30pm and it is expected that the Lords Commissioners will receive the Commons Speaker-elect. The House will remain sitting until 7.30pm, to enable Members to take the Oath. 

Members attending the State Opening of Parliament must previously have taken the Oath. The Oath may not be taken in the morning of the State Opening.

Ministers, Spokespersons and Whips in the House of Lords:

Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
The Rt Hon. the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
The Rt Hon. the Earl Howe

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Minister: Lord Duncan of Springbank

Cabinet Office
Spokesperson: To be confirmed

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Minister: Baroness Barran MBE

Ministry of Defence
Minister: Baroness Goldie DL

Department for Education
Minister: Lord Agnew of Oulton DL
Spokesperson (Higher Education): Baroness Berridge

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Minister: Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Department for Exiting the European Union
Minister: Lord Callanan

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Minister: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Department of Health and Social Care
Minister: Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Home Office
Minister: Baroness Williams of Trafford

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Minister: Viscount Younger of Leckie

Department for International Development
Minister: Baroness Sugg CBE

Department for International Trade
Minister: to be confirmed.

Ministry of Justice
Spokesperson: The Rt Hon. the Lord Keen of Elie QC

Law Officers:
Advocate General for Scotland: The Rt Hon. the Lord Keen of Elie QC

Northern Ireland Office
Minister: Lord Duncan of Springbank

Scotland Office
Spokesperson: Viscount Younger of Leckie

Department for Transport
Minister: Baroness Vere of Norbiton

HM Treasury
Spokesperson: To be confirmed

Wales Office
Spokesperson: Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist

Women and Equalities
Minister: Baroness Williams of Trafford

Department for Work and Pensions
Minister: Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE

​House of Lords Government Whips:

Government Chief Whip and Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms
The Lord Ashton of Hyde

Government Deputy Chief Whip and Captain of The Queen's Bodyguard of the
Yeomen of the Guard

The Earl of Courtown

Government Whips (Baronesses and Lords in Waiting)
Baroness Berridge
Lord Bethell
Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen