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  • Queen Elizabeth II Delivers Speech at Opening of British Parliament
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    State Opening of Parliament

    Queen Elizabeth II traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster for the State Opening of the British Parliament. She delivered a speech written by the government that outlines the…

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  • Queen Elizabeth Delivers Speech at State Opening of Parliament
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    State Opening of Parliament

    Queen Elizabeth II traveled from Buckingham Palace to Parliament for the State Opening of the British Parliament. She delivered a speech written by the government that outlines the priorities for the coming…

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  • United States and United Kingdom Banking Standards
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    United States and United Kingdom Banking Standards

    Former Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker testified before a joint British parliamentary committee on the differences between the United States and United Kingdom banking standards. He also covered the complexity…

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  • British Commonwealth Youth Parliament Debate
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    British Commonwealth Youth Parliament Debate

    Members of the Commonwealth youth parliament, ages 18 to 29, gathered in the British House of Lords for a debate on climate change. The students traveled from around the world representing the…

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  • British House of Commons Speaker Election Program
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    British House of Commons Speaker Election Program

    On Monday, June 22, 2009, Conservative Member of Parliament John Bercow was elected as the 157th speaker of the British House of Commons. This one-hour program includes speeches by Speaker…

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  • British House of Lords Counterterrorism Debate
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    British House of Lords Counterterrorism Debate

    The British Lords debated a proposed law that would allow police to detain terrorist suspects for up to 42 days without bringing criminal charges. The House of Commons approved the bill on…

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  • French President Address
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    French President Address

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed a joint session of the British Parliament in the Royal Gallery, a rare honor. He talked about stronger ties with the United Kingdom, immigration,…

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  • Irish Prime Minister Speech
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    Irish Prime Minister Speech

    Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern addressed a joint meeting of the British Parliament in the House of Lords.

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  • House of Lords Reform
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    House of Lords Reform

    The House of Lords debated reforms on the roles and powers, as well as composition of the body. Among the reforms were the end of hereditary peerage.

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard confronted Mr. Blair on the increase in gas prices. Gas in Britain is now over 5 dollars a gallon. Later, Question Time was cut short when…

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  • Hereditary Peerage
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    Hereditary Peerage

    The House of Lords debated whether to end hereditary peerage following Queen Elizabeth II’s declaration that her government would introduce legislation which would end hereditary peers…

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  • House of Commons Speaker Election
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    House of Commons Speaker Election

    The House of Lords opened the a House of Commons session for the election of a speaker in the absence of the Queen, who will officially open Parliament on May 14. Then members of Commons unanimously…

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  • British House of Lords Tour
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    British House of Lords Tour

    Mr. Wiggins conducted a tour of the British House of Lords, describing its history and architecture.

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  • British Bosnia Policy
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    British Bosnia Policy

    Lord Owen, who was the European Union’s chief negotiator in the Bosnian conflict, and others debated E.U. and British policy in the region. Prime Minister Major recently announced that the…

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  • Maastricht Treaty Ratification
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    Maastricht Treaty Ratification

    Members of the House of Lords debated the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty recently passed by the House of Commons. The treaty would create closer economic and political ties between countries in…

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  • Heredity and Titles Debate
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    Heredity and Titles Debate

    Members of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords debated a bill that would change the current regulations concerning the transference of inherited titles under British laws. Currently the…

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  • Ennobling of Former Prime Minister Thatcher
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    Ennobling of Former Prime Minister Thatcher

    Mrs. Thatcher was ennobled in a ceremony in the House of Lords. She also spoke to the House of Lords about the Maastricht Treaty. The treaty would strengthen and broaden economic…

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  • Subcommittee on European Community
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    Subcommittee on European Community

    The House of Lords subcommittee on European Community (EC) focused on the issues of a European economic and monetary union, and specifically trade agreements. Great Britain is one of twelve…

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  • Monetary Union in Europe
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    Monetary Union in Europe

    Douglas Hurd testifies before the House of Lords sub-committee on the European Community. Mr. Hurd is a member of the House of Commons and is also the foreign secretary of Great Britain.…

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  • British Politics
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    British Politics

    Lord William discusses his role as leader of the House of Lords and the state of conservative politics in Europe and Great Britain.

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