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.
Nigel Farage said the focus on immigration and aspiration in the Queen's Speech showed that UKIP is "changing the UK national debate."
The Government has put new attempts to curb immigration at the heart of its agenda for the coming year, set out in today's Queen's Speech.
'Progress Please' probably best sums up business groups' polite but rather firm response to the Queen's speech.