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QUEEN UNVEILS GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME

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The Queen today outlined how the government intends to bring the public sector borrowing requirement back towards b...
The Queen today outlined how the government intends to bring the public sector borrowing requirement back towards balance over the medium term and reduce further the share of national income taken by the public sector.

She outlined measures to raise standards in schools; support the fight against organised crime; strengthen controls on the ownership of firearms; protect the coastline from pollution from merchant shipping; improve and develop primary health care services; combat social security fraud.

A bill will again be brought to authorise the construction and operation of a high speed rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel.

Legislation will be introduced to implement proposals contained in the English and Welsh Rural White Papers in relation to parish and community councils and to provide rate relieve for small village shops.

In Scotland, legislation will be introduced to make changes in the criminal justice system to improve public protection. A bill will be brought forward to enable the transfer of publicly-owned crofting estates to crofting trusts.

Bills will be published in draft for consultation on the introduction of voluntary identity cards and on measures to help people make better provision for their long term care needs in old age.

Full details follow on LGCNet.

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