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  MiP files: What's in the Queen's Speech?
Updated 26 November 2003, 15.41
Our Man in Parliament unlocks some of the secrets of the most powerful place in Britain - Parliament.

Here he tells us about what happened when the Queen made her speech in Parliament.

The Queen
It's that time of year again - the Queen gets out her very best clobber and takes a short trip down the road for one of the big political occasions of the year.

It's the annual State of Parliament, an event filled with special ceremonies and lots of fancy clothes.

Check out the television news on Wednesday night to see robes, swords and lots and lots of bowing.

Who writes the speech?

Basically the Queen goes to Parliament to tell the country's politicians what they'll be working on in the next 12 months - not surprisingly it's called the Queen's Speech.

The thing is, the Queen herself has nothing to do with writing it.

That's done by Prime Minister Tony Blair and his team, and all Her Majesty does is read it out!

New laws

This year Mr Blair has come up with more than 20 new laws he wants to see passed.

And some of them affect you!

For instance, he wants people to come up with ideas of stopping traffic jams and car chaos near schools.

Mums and dads who can afford it might have to pay for you to catch the school bus.

Protecting children

And if one day you're planning to go to university, you might end up having to pay big fees depending on what subject you want to study.

But perhaps the most important plans for kids are a set of ideas for protecting children.

They include a special register of every child and a children's commissioner to fight for the rights of kids in England (they already have this in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Now all Mr Blair has to do is get all his plans agreed by the politicians.

Lots of big arguments lie ahead - I'll let you know what happens.

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