30 new laws were announced in the Queen’s Speech yesterday - including:
The Health and Care Bill, which will lay the foundations for a more integrated and efficient health and care system.
Taking the opportunities presented by having left the EU, we will demonstrate our world-leading commitment to the highest standards of animal welfare by delivering important animal welfare and conservation improvements, while promoting our values to our trading partners.
Legislation will also be brought forward to ensure the United Kingdom has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare through the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill, Kept Animals Bill and the Animals Abroad Bill.
Measures will be brought forward to ensure that children have the best start in life, prioritising their early years – something that I’ve been working on as part of the Leadsom Review and it really is so important that we do much more to make sure we have happy babies and parents in those first 1001 days of life.
The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill to transform access to skills across the country, ensuring that people can train and retrain at any stage in their lives, supporting them to move into higher quality, higher skilled jobs and equipping the workforce with the skills employers need.
The Planning Bill to create a simpler, faster, and more modern planning system, ensuring homes and infrastructure can be delivered more quickly across England.
The National Insurance Contributions Bill, which will provide a relief for employers of veterans, for employers in Freeports, and for the self-employed who receive NHS Test and Trace Payments.
Passing the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will ensure we can cut crime, support our police and build confidence in our criminal justice system by reforming bail, and modernising court processes.
Refreshing the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy to better protect women and improve outcomes for rape cases.
Introducing the New Plan for Immigration legislation, which will better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum, deter illegal entry into the UK, break the business model of criminal trafficking networks and protect the lives of those they endanger, and remove more easily from the UK those with no right to be here.
A draft Online Safety Bill, which will make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, improving protections for users, especially children, whilst protecting freedom of expression, making companies responsible for their users’ safety online, and supporting a thriving and fast-growing digital sector.
Introducing the Counter-State Threats Bill, which will give the security services and law enforcement agencies the tools they need to tackle the evolving threat from hostile activity by foreign states and foreign actors.
Introducing the Telecommunications (Security) Bill, which will ensure the long-term security and resilience of the UK’s telecoms networks and infrastructure and minimise the threat of high-risk vendors.
Introducing an Education Recovery Plan, which will contain a package of ambitious measures to make sure pupils have the chance to make up their learning over the course of this Parliament.
Introducing the Building Safety Bill, to strengthen the regulatory system for building safety, change the industry culture and introduce rigorous safety standards for construction products and a clearer path to redress for homeowners.
Banning conversion therapy, ensuring harmful and coercive practices are prohibited.
Implementing the Environment Bill, which will set legally binding targets, restore nature and biodiversity, tackle air pollution, establish an independent Office for Environmental Protection, cut plastic use and revolutionise how we recycle.
Introducing the Electoral Integrity Bill, which will place the participation of British citizens at the heart of our democracy and maintain confidence in the electoral process.
Introducing the Higher Education (Free Speech) Bill, which will strengthen freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education in England.
Introducing a Judicial Review Bill, which will protect the judiciary from being drawn into political questions and preserve the integrity of Judicial Review for its intended purpose.
Introducing the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill, which will repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, reinstating the constitutional principle that the Government of the day has the confidence of Parliament and is able to seek a fresh democratic mandate when it is needed.
The Queen’s Speech will continue to build on the 2019 Conservative Party Manifesto which delivers on the priorities of the British people:
- Delivering the biggest cash boost in history for the NHS seeing over 11,200 more nurses in our NHS in the last year;
- Recruiting over 8,000 extra police officers as part of our 20,000 target;
- Launching our New Plan for Immigration to strengthen our borders;
- Boosting school funding by £14 billion over three years; and
- Launching a new £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund.