Queen’s Speech – Strengthening the economy, our defences and improving life chances

James Brokenshire has welcomed the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech designed to strengthen the economy, strengthen our national security and increase the life chances of the most disadvantaged people in our society.

The Queen’s Speech sets out the Government’s legislative programme for the year and included plans to strengthen the digital economy, reform our prison system, modernise powers available to the police and security services to fight crime and terrorism and encourage excellence in our schools.

Her Majesty’s Speech also included plans for a British Bill of Rights, reasserting the primacy of the UK Supreme Court on matters of Human Rights and measures designed to support savers. This includes the proposed Help to Save scheme and the new Lifetime ISA for people aged 18-40, which will add a Government bonus of 25% to use to buy your first home or for when you retire – that equates to a bonus of £1,000 a year for those saving the full £4,000.

Commenting following the Queen’s Speech, James said:

“This year’s Queen’s Speech sets out a positive plan for improving security for working families, strengthening our national defences and ensuring opportunities for everyone. With our pledge to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, reforms designed to support ex-offenders back into work through rehabilitation and proposals for a British Bill of Rights, this is a programme for Government which takes us one step closer to delivering the commitments made in our manifesto and I look forward to playing my part in achieving them”.

The full transcript of Her Majesty’s Speech, detailing the legislative programme for the 2016/17 Parliament, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2016