Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be made outlining proposed laws for the coming year.

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What to expect from the Queen's Speech

Measures expected to be announced when the Queen sets out the Government's legislative programme include:

  • An Immigration Bill giving strengthened powers to deport foreign criminals by preventing the abuse of human rights laws. The Bill will also enable more substantial fines to be imposed on businesses exploiting illegal labour.
  • A National Insurance Contributions Bill implementing the Budget commitment to cut the cost of recruiting new employees.
  • A Consumer Rights Bill covering goods, services, digital content and unfair contract terms.
  • A Deregulation Bill to cut red tape for firms looking to grow.
  • A Social Care Bill to cap care costs, so pensioners will not have to sell their homes.
  • A Pensions Bill to create a flat-rate pension, which ministers claim will encourage saving and help women who have had long career breaks.

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Calls for Queen's Speech to outline tighter gun control

The victims of the shootings in Horden, County Durham, in 2012 Credit: ITV News

The deaths of three women who were shot in County Durham has prompted calls for the gun laws to be tightened in the Queen's Speech - which outlines proposed laws for the coming year.

ichael Atherton shot three of his relatives dead before turning the gun on himself

Michael Atherton carried out the shootings in Horden on New Year's Day 2012.

He gunned down his partner, her sister and niece. The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says the Government should now commit to stricter gun licensing laws.

The Queen's Speech will be made on May 8th 2013.

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