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Queen’s Speech 2013: What’s expected – Bill-by-bill

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The Queen's Speech on Wednesday will set out the government's legislative plans for the next year. What is expected to be in it?

Immigration Bill

Following the government's latest setback in deporting Abu Qatada, Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs she would bring forward an Immigration Bill. This is expected to allow foreign criminals to be deported more easily. Mrs May has also indicated the bill could encompass plans to tighten the laws relating to the UK Border Agency to make it more effective at deporting people who are in this country illegally. In a speech on immigration at the end of March, Prime Minister David Cameron said he would legislate to make sure illegal immigrants can't get driving licences and also change the rules so private landlords have to check their tenants' immigration status. Both these measures could be included in the Immigration Bill.

Co-operatives Bill

In January, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plan to bring forward a Co-operatives Bill to "help build a fairer economy" before the next election. He said the bill would cut red tape and consolidate more than a dozen outdated pieces of legislation governing co-operatives and mutuals.

Civil Service Bill

The government is reforming the civil service. As part of that process, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has indicated he could use legislation to allow ministers to appoint the civil servant who runs their department. At the end of last year the Civil Service Commission, which ensures appointments are made on merit, blocked the plan to allow ministers to appoint their permanent secretary, amid fears it could politicise the civil service.
 
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