The Queen's Speech

The Queen opened the new Parliament yesterday in ceremonial style with her speech outlining the government's plans.
The Queen opened the new Parliament yesterday in ceremonial style with her speech outlining the government's plans.

The 22 Bills include plans for major reform of schools, police, welfare and Britain’s political system, but cutting the nations huge deficit remains the “first priority”.

Flagship measures include scrapping ID cards and the next generation of biometric passports, a bill regulating the retention of DNA and the use of CCTV cameras, and a proposed annual limit on non-EU immigration.

Among the other measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech are:

•a proposed ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price
•greater powers for councils and police to close down trouble-making pubs and clubs
•increase flexible working and promote equal pay
•allow schools to become academies and weaken the role of local authorities involvement
•a reform of welfare benefits

In total, there were 23 bills and on draft bill introduced in the Queen's speech.

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