The Government's legislative agenda for the coming year was laid out by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament today.
Measures to control migration:
- Immigration Bill will aim to "ensure that this country attracts people who will contribute and deter those who will not"
- regulating migrant access to the NHS and ensure that temporary visitors make a contribution
- preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining driving licences
- introducing tougher fines for businesses using illegal labour
- requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants
- limiting rights to appeal against deportation, making it easier to remove people from the UK,
- specifying that all foreign nationals convicted of serious crimes will be removed except in "extraordinary circumstances"
- giving legal force to changes to rules announced to prevent the abuse of the right to family life
- introducing a £72,000 cap on the amount people in England have to pay for social care
- giving right millions caring for elderly and disabled relatives to receive support from local councils
- introducing Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes
- introducing single-tier pension worth around £144 a week at today's prices
- bringing forward to 2026 the date at which the retirement age rises to 67
Crime and disorder:
- introducing tougher controls on dogs that are dangerously out of control
- introducing new "community trigger" to ensure action is taken on persistent anti-social behaviour
- imposing larger fines for illegal importation of firearms
- making forced marriage a criminal offence.
Help for businesses:
- Bill creating a £2,000 annual Employment Allowance to reduce National Insurance bills for every company and charity
- repealing legislation that is no longer of practical use
- placing a duty on regulators to have regard to the impact of their actions on growth.
- exempting from health and safety law those self-employed whose activities pose no potential risk of harm
- Putting in place legislation to further necessary measures for the construction of the high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham and the North of England
What it omitted
No legislation to pave the way for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. MPs are now likely to be queuing up to table their own Private Member's Bills to give legal force to Prime Minister David Cameron's promise of a public poll by 2017
Home Secretary Theresa May's cherished plan to allow police and security services to access records of individuals' internet and email use has been ditched after being branded a "snoopers' charter"
No place for mooted health protection measures to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and minimum unit prices for alcohol - though Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this morning insisted that no final decision had been made to kill off the proposals.
Promised move to enshrine in law the pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid has once more failed to reach the legislative agenda.