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The Queen’s Speech: full text

9 May 2012

11:47 AM

9 May 2012

11:47 AM

My Government’s legislative programme will focus on economic growth, justice and constitutional reform.
 
My Ministers’ first priority will be to reduce the deficit and restore economic stability.

Legislation will be introduced to reduce burdens on business by repealing unnecessary legislation and to limit state inspection of businesses.

My Government will introduce legislation to reform competition law to promote enterprise and fair markets.

My Government will introduce legislation to establish a Green Investment Bank.

Measures will be brought forward to further strengthen regulation of the financial services sector and implement the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking.

My Government will introduce legislation to establish an independent adjudicator to ensure supermarkets deal fairly and lawfully with suppliers.

A Bill will be introduced to reduce burdens on charities, enabling them to claim additional payments on small donations.

My Government will propose reform of the electricity market to deliver secure, clean and affordable electricity and ensure prices are fair.

A draft Bill will be published to reform the water industry in England and Wales.

My Government will bring forward measures to modernise the pension system and reform the state pension, creating a fair, simple and sustainable foundation for private saving.

Legislation will be introduced to reform public service pensions in line with the recommendations of the independent commission on public service pensions.

A draft Bill will be published setting out measures to close the Audit Commission and establish new arrangements for the audit of local public bodies.

My Government will strive to improve the lives of children and families.

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My Government will propose measures to improve provision for disabled children and children with special educational needs. New arrangements will be proposed to support children involved in family
law cases, reform court processes for children in care and strengthen the role of the Children’s Commissioner.

Measures will be proposed to make parental leave more flexible so both parents may share parenting responsibilities and balance work and family commitments.

A draft Bill will be published to modernise adult care and support in England.

My Government will continue to work with the fifteen other Commonwealth Realms to take forward reform of the rules governing succession to the Crown.

Legislation will be brought forward which will introduce individual registration of electors and improve the administration of elections.

A Bill will be brought forward to reform the composition of the House of Lords.

My Government will continue to work constructively and cooperatively with the devolved institutions.

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.

MY LORDS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

My Government is committed to reducing and preventing crime.  A Bill will be introduced to establish the National Crime Agency to tackle the most serious and organised crime and strengthen
border security.  The courts and tribunals service will be reformed to increase efficiency, transparency and judicial diversity.

Legislation will be introduced to protect freedom of speech and reform the law of defamation.

My Government will introduce legislation to strengthen oversight of the security and intelligence agencies. This will also allow courts, through the limited use of closed proceedings, to hear a
greater range of evidence in national security cases.

My Government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the
public, subject to scrutiny of draft clauses.

My Government will seek the approval of Parliament relating to the agreed financial stability mechanism within the euro area.

My Government will seek the approval of Parliament on the anticipated accession of Croatia to the European Union.

My Government will work to support a secure and stable Afghanistan, to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, including in Iran, and to bring greater stability to the Horn of Africa.

In the Middle East and North Africa, my Government will support the extension of political and economic freedom in countries in transition.

My Government has set out firm plans to spend nought point seven per cent of gross national income as official development assistance from 2013. This will be the first time the United Kingdom has
met this agreed international commitment.

My Government will build strategic partnerships with the emerging powers.

The United Kingdom will assume the Presidency of the G8 in 2013: my Government will use this opportunity to promote international security and prosperity.

In the year of the Diamond Jubilee, Prince Philip and I will continue to take part in celebrations across the United Kingdom.  The Prince of Wales and other members of my family are travelling
widely to take part in festivities throughout the Commonwealth.

Prince Philip and I look forward to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and to welcoming visitors from around the world to London and venues throughout the country.

Other measures will be laid before you.

MY LORDS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.


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  • daniel maris

    Yes, Austin, WTF is “judicial diversity”? Surely we want judicial consistency.

  • EC

    Also missing:

    “My government will take steps close down the CRU which has become totally discredited and has become national embarrassment.”

  • EC

    While HMQ spoke the EU flag was flying overhead.

    From the EU parliament today, some thoughts on the EU flag by Mr Farage.

    Happy Europe Day?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDC11hzLoX8

  • EC

    Austin Barry, May 9th, 2012 12:16pm

    “The courts and tribunals service will be reformed to increase …judicial diversity.”

    Sharia law here we come.

    From Mark Steyn @NR via The Herald Sun Down Under:

    “A MUSLIM man is believed to be the first in Australia to have been granted a judge-only trial on the ground a jury may have been biased because of his religious beliefs.

    The decision can be revealed after Ismail Belghar, 36, yesterday pleaded guilty to detaining and assaulting his sister-in-law after she “dared” to take his wife of 11 years to the beach without his permission.”

  • Cynic

    “Please note that my Government will not actually be able to do many of these proposed measures on competitiveness because the EU will not allow it.”

  • In2minds

    @Nicholas – May 9th, 2012 1:25pm –

    “very naive or have a vested interest in the intrusions”

    Agreed, the talking up of this nonsense is being done so badly I think it must be the latter.

  • Jeremy

    Love the coach. The decoration looks Georgian to me – late eighteenth/early nineteenth century…?

  • TomTom

    “”In the Middle East and North Africa, my Government will support the extension of political and economic freedom in countries in transition.”

    Except in Bahrain because Saudi Arabia tells us What’s What

  • Wilhelm 1

    If Fraser does go to prison, I wonder if he’s a top or bottom bunk bed man ?

  • Wilhelm 1

    John Findlater . Thanks for that.

    Type into YouTube

    Lawrence Auster Islam and the West Can they co exist ?

    1. The Problem with Islam
    2. Why do we in the West deny the problem of Islam ?
    3. The solution, removal of all muslims from Western Lands.

    He’s a very eloquent speaker, it’s a joy to hear some sanity, it’s very rare in these cultural marxist times. It lasts 30 minutes.

  • Austin Barry

    Oh, dear, if Fraser and Rod do go to prison I hope they don’t look too good in stripes.

  • Wilhelm 1

    Just heard on the news that Rod Liddle is being taken to court for what he said about Stephen Lawrence, ” the accused wont get a fair trial.”

    But Liddle wont face trial, it’ll be Fraser since he’s the so called ” boss ”, sadly Nelson wont end up in prison, he’ll get a £5000 fine.

  • Andy Carpark

    Wilhelm 1 – Among numerous cultural conditions, the absence of a proper future tense in the Japanese language may have something to do with it. That absence makes it more difficult to sell millennarian belief systems like Marxism or indeed Christianity to the canny Japanese.

  • Austin Barry

    John Findlater

    While I can’t in anyway condone murder, just on a technical point you’d be better off using an ACOG-equipped M16 A2 rather than an AK47 which is somewhat crass in design terms.

  • Halcyondaze

    The Queen’s Speech – another nail in Mr Slippery’s coffin.

    “I’m Super-Tory really – it’s all Cleggy’s fault I can’t tackle any of the things you actually care about!”

    Sorry Dave – we don’t believe a word you say any more. There’s nothing here about the EU or immigration, or standing up for your country’s culture and traditions on the very day when Islamics are being sentenced for raping scores of underage white girls – a situation that would have been unthinkable in this country just 20 years ago.

    This Conservative government had one last tiny opportunity to stand up against the descent of our country into third world chaos – but they’ve blown it.

    They hate us for even caring about these things. And now they will lose our votes forever.

  • Peter From Maidstone

    Wilhelm1. There are about 150,000 Muslims in Japan and about 140 mosques and prayer rooms.

  • In2minds

    Nice low emissions vehicle.

  • Austin Barry

    “In the Middle East and North Africa, my Government will support the extension of political and economic freedom in countries in transition.”

    More money, then, for the Mullahs and their Muslim Brotherhood chums.

    Does anyone in the Cabinet and FCO do any research or are they still enslaved by Lawrence of Arabia fantasies from those fevered nights in the Lower School dorm?

  • Nicholas

    Well, judging by the comments around the web in reaction to this, Tulkinghorn, you appear to be in a minority.

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    And if you think any of this will keep you safe in your bed you are either very naive or have a vested interest in the intrusions.

  • Wilhelm 1

    Japan is an interesting place, hasn’t fallen prey to Cultural Marxism, while Europe on the other hand, has sunk into a Cultural Marxist swamp. Come to think of it, it’s all white countries. I wonder why Japan has escaped ?

  • Austin Barry

    “My Government..(will)..spend nought point seven per cent of gross national income as official development assistance from 2013.”

    Dancing in the streets of Waziristan, then?

    Nice that someone will be pleased with this sanctimonious largesse.

    Brace yourself for mealy-mouthed pieties from the badger-haired, multi-millionaire hypocrite Andrew Mitchell – assuming he can spare the time from constructing those elaborate family financial schemes reported in Private Eye.

  • Tron

    I see no one at the Spectator wants to talk about white English girls being raped by gangs of Muslims (although the BNP have been talking about it for years).

    I wonder why.

  • Tulkinghorn

    An excellent Speech
    Forget the rumbles about the Lords and the Succession put in to keep Nick and Vince happy
    The Tories are back as the law and order party keeping me safe in my bed.
    Delighted to see the National Crime Agency and the access to vital communications are in. All of course protected by strengthened oversight of the security and intelligence services.

  • Vulture

    A bankrupt speech from a bankrupt Government.

    Makes you want to hang your head in shame.

    And hang theirs for real.

  • Publius

    A farce.

  • alexsandr

    ‘my government will do nothing as stuff they do always makes things worse’

  • Austin Barry

    “The courts and tribunals service will be reformed to increase …judicial diversity.”

    Sharia law here we come.

  • EyeSee

    0.7% by content addressing issues that are generally sought, the rest the obsession of occupants of the Westminster bubble. No wonder things go so awry and so many U turns, under Blair and now his off-spring Cameron, they have no idea what affect their posturing has on the real world. Where are the measures to force water companies to meet their legal obligations on leaks? The removal of Quango’s? Addressing ridiculous fuel costs? Oh no, they are actually caused by the government, raising tax for green scams, subsidies for green scams and inefficient control of companies raises prices themselves.

    All of the ‘support for the economy’ and ‘reducing pressure on business’ will be negated by the maw of the Green Investment Bank, a money laundering scheme with unlimited funds for people like Al Gore to dip into.

    Britain’s parliament, a government of the politicians, for the politicians paid for by anyone but the politicians.

  • Bill Brinsmead

    A sensible set of measures in line with the coalition agreement and the Conservative manifesto.

    One major quibble; the supermarket adjudicator legislation is wrong headed – it won’t work and if it did the effect would be to make us consumers pay more for food. Will remind Lib Dems of this at the next election.

    No apparent concessions to the dreary populism cooked up by conservativehome as an alternative Queen’s speech.

  • Barry

    Austin Barry “My Government will take immediate measures to protect young girls from predatory Islamic paedophiles.”

    Thanks a lot! I fell off my chair and spilt my coffee before reaching the last bit.

  • Swiss Bob

    I can no longer see any difference between the politicians and the civil servants.

    The country has become a sad little bureaucracy, a regional one at that.

  • Andy Carpark

    Ahem, Sorry. I am told that should have read ‘Brian May’.

  • Andy Carpark

    ‘In the year of the Diamond Jubilee, Prince Philip and I will continue to take part in celebrations across the United Kingdom.’

    Will this involve Yer Maj getting up on stage with Bryant and May to play a bit of air guitar?

  • TomTom

    “will focus on economic growth”

    VAT up to 25%
    VAT on Food
    Credit Card Interest Rates to 50%
    APD up another 80%
    Fuel Duty up another 50%
    Postage up 90%

    This is how this regime gets Economic Growth…..but now the 50% band has been cut so Bankers can revive the economy they should be examined in 2 years time to see what they have attained…..after all the 50% rate was holding back Entrepreneurship

  • Peter From Maidstone

    So he is going to try and force through changes to the House of Lords whatever anyone says. And the stupid Green Bank. Just what we need. And economically illiterate political class getting involved in banking. Who will run it? Osborne?

    Nothing about the ECHR. Nothing about Immigration. Nothing about restoring Sovereignty.

  • Austin Barry

    “My Government will take immediate measures to protect young girls from predatory Islamic paedophiles.

    Er..sorry..I put that bit in myself….”

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