Queen's speech business boost

In a series of measures geared to breathe life into Britain's flagging economy, self-employed workers are to be made exempt from health and safety laws. It is understood the Queen's Speech on Wednesday will include a bills to generate growth.

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Queen's speech will announce business boost

The Queen's speech will include a bill to take forward Chancellor George Osborne's Budget commitment to cut employers' national insurance contributions for small businesses, which the Treasury says will save firms £1.7 billion a year by 2017-18.

Infrastructure development will be supported with an energy bill intended to encourage investment in a new generation of power stations while also ensuring consumers get the best deal available from their suppliers.

There will be a legislation also to support the construction of the controversial HS2 high-speed rail line linking London with the Midlands and the North of England.

Intellectual property rights will be modernised in a bill, which is estimated to be worth £200 million a year to the economy

Self-employed workers health and safety exemption

In a series of measures geared to breathe life into Britain's flagging economy, self-employed workers are to be made exempt from health and safety laws.

It is understood the Queen's Speech on Wednesday will include a series of bills designed to generate growth.

A deregulation bill will mean that the self-employed whose activities do not pose a risk of harm to others will no longer be subject to health and safety legislation.

It will also remove the requirement for the issuing motor insurance certificates, moving to a system where the information is held online - a move ministers estimate will save business around £33 million a year.

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