13 Things In The Queen's Speech

Driverless cars, the 'Northern Powerhouse' and more

18/05/2016 12:00 | Updated 18 May 2016
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Queen Elizabeth II reads the Queen's Speech as Prince Philip listens during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords

The Queen's Speech marking the state opening of Parliament has mapped out the Tory Government's priorities for the coming year.

There are 21 new pieces of legislation and Bills leftover from the last session. Here are the interesting bits.

  • 1 Seven day NHS
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    The Queen said: "We are committed to providing the seven day NHS patients want and deserve." Ministers want this up and running by 2020.
  • 2 'Sugar tax'
    Nick Ansell/PA Wire
    The Soft Drinks Industry Levy will slap a tax on drinks producers to tackle obesity.
  • 3 Tackling radicalism
    The Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill will provide "stronger powers to disrupt extremists and protect the public", including powers to intervene where children in "unregulated education settings" are exposed to "hate". 
  • 4 Adoption
    New laws to encourage adoption in a bid to improve the chances of children in social care.
  • 5 'Snooper's charter'
    Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    A hangover from the last Parliament, bringing together existing investigatory powers laws and make them "fit for the digital age".
  • 6 Prisons reform
    Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
    In the biggest shake-up of the prison system in generations, governors of six prisons will get control over budgets and daily regimes.
  • 7 Academies
    Nick Ansell/PA Wire
    The Government has U-turned on forcing all schools to become academies but a more organic approach still features in the Education For All Bill, with under-performing schools being forced to convert.
  • 8 British Bill of Rights
    Abolish the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights. Details remain under wraps but will be "based on those set out in the European Convention on Human Rights".
  • 9 Spaceports and drones
    The Modern Transport Bill will include legislation to develop the UK's first commercial spaceports - and pioneer driverless cars as well as "bring safe commercial and personal drone flight ... a step closer".
  • 10 Northern Powerhouse
    Joel Goodman/PA Archive
    The Queen said: "To spread economic prosperity, my Government will continue the development to a Northern Powerhouse."
  • 11 Regional devolution
    Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Elected 'metro mayors' to get control of local bus services and a greater share of business rates.
  • 12 Super-fast broadband for all
    Rui Vieira/PA Wire
    The right for every household to access high-speed broadband.
  • 13 Savings
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    The Lifetime Savings Bill will implement the Help to Save scheme, which gives workers on benefits a 50% savings bonus, and Lifetime ISAs - 25% on savings up to £4,000 a year. 
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